Wednesday, July 04, 2007

More on the Spur Ride

Happy 4th of July...more on that later.

Here's some more info about the SPur Ride that occured the other day. It seems 3IDs PAO is not afraid to put the aviators out there in the spotlight. Glad they made it out OK, and I'm glad us poor old, do nothing aviators from the 1st Cav were able to help out...

Comrades Rescue Ambushed Officers

By Ann Scott Tyson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 4, 2007; Page A01

"We're taking fire!" Chief Warrant Officer 2 Steven Cianfrini, 27, yelled to his co-pilot as he looked out the helicopter door and saw tracer rounds flying his way.

It was the first ominous sign Monday morning as their OH-58D Kiowa attack helicopter banked over palm groves, fields and canals on a reconnaissance mission to flush out Sunni insurgents in rural areas south of Baghdad.

It was also the opening salvo of what participants described as a dramatic ordeal of combat and survival, with two Army pilots crash-landing their aircraft, taking cover in neck-high water and reeds in a canal, avoiding insurgent fire, and dashing to a helicopter that lifted them to safety


For the rest please go HERE

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