FRIDAY FOTO (September 27, 2013)

September 27, 2013 at 12:22 am Leave a comment

Rocky Mountain High

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy

Here’s the view of the Rocky Mountains from inside a Colorado National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopter.

The view inside is pretty breathtaking, too. Look at all the switches above the pilots’ heads and the buttons and dials and gauges elsewhere in the cramped cockpit. Obviously learning to fly this whirlybird takes a lot of study and practice.

Now the few times your 4GWAR editor has flown in government helicopters we’ve been told “Don’t take photos of the cockpit instruments!” Come to think of it, we were also told that the first — and only — time we rode in an MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle at the Aberdeen Proving Ground. Guess it’s O.K. now to show all this gadgetry in an Army photo.

This photo shows (left) Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mike Eger, a pilot with the Colorado Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Troy Parmley, a pilot with the Colorado Guard’s D Company, 3rd Battalion, 148th Aviation Regiment. They are flying over flooded areas as part of relief and recovery operations near Fort Collins, Colorado  last week (Sept. 18, 2013).

More than 750 guard members have been working with local, state and federal authorities in response to flooding in central Colorado caused by heavy rains. The Colorado Guard evacuated about 700 people by ground and helicopter evacuations currently total 2,394.

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