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Old Apr 01, 2008, 12:54 PM
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(April Fools!!) :) My P51-D got shot down today in Bagram, Afghainstan!!!

Ok guys, yeah, Im in a bit of trouble, but it was SOOOOO worth it!!! Read on.

As most of you may know, Im in Afghanistan right now flying Blackhawks for good old Uncle Sam. Well, today was one "eventfull" day to say the least!

Let me explain,
A buddy of mine sent me one of those Park Zone P 51 Mustangs. It got here the other day. After todays mission (only 3.4 hours to Baymian) the wind was calm and a buddy and I finally had a chance to run out and get a flight in.

All was good on preflight, and I thought I had the perfect area to fly, batteries were full.... time to go! We were right along the fence line on the West side of the compound. Big open area with nothing really there.

We launched. There she went, flyin along at about 30-50 feet. I had to add just a tad of trim, but otherwise, not too bad at all. After a couple patterns I took it up to do one of those "strafing runs" that look so cool. Thats when it happened!!!

At about 150 to 200 feet up, I was just about to nose it over when out of nowhere we heard what sounded like something evil! The dang Mustang EXPLODED in mid air!!! It was the most amazing thing I have ever seen!

What had happened, I know now, courtesy of the artillary guys, is this. We have a "perimeter" set up around the camp (I did not know this!) with a bunch of CWIS weapons! Its a 30mm radar operated gatlin gun! this thing picks up incoming rockets motars ect.. and literally shoots them out of the air! So cool! Apparently it works well on RC Airplanes too. I just wish I could have gotten video of the thing. Looked like confetti raining down!

At first we really had no clue what happened. But, within minutes the QRF infantry guys showed up. The explained it pretty quickly and even laughed a bit. However, then they had to take us to see "the man". Yeah, the guy with 2 stars on his hat. Not fun.

Try explaining to a 2 Star Division Commander why you were flying an RC plane on his installation without permission.

So, yeah, Im in just a bit of trouble right now. And we are not quite sure where this is gonna go. But, as long as it does not ruin my 15+ year carreer, it was SOOOOOO worth it to see it! And needless to say, I will not be flying Blackhawks for a few days till this is all sorted out. THAT sucks!

Laine.
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Old Apr 01, 2008, 01:02 PM
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damn cool ... if all gets sorted out get another plane and do it again only with a camera handy....


dude you should have videod it no were all missing out the all the friendly fire over there.. hehe
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Old Apr 01, 2008, 01:03 PM
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Sorry you might be in trouble man but I gotta say ....LOL

Great story and I wish you could have it on video.

I'm sure "the man" will understand you guys need to chill from time to time.

Do it again and this time, FILM IT
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Old Apr 01, 2008, 01:08 PM
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Tell the general it was an impromptu (unintentional) test of the CWIS.

Test complete... the system works. You are safe from slow incomming "rounds".

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BTW...

I did get to see a live fire test of the "Phalanx" system on an aircraft carrier...

The drone was allowed to get within visual range (well under 1/2 mile) before they turned it on to make it fair... (it was a slow drone) Then the gattling gun started chewing it up. Within 1 second the gun was taking bursts at pieces less than 6 inches square. NOTHING larger than 2 inches square made it to the water.
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Old Apr 01, 2008, 01:09 PM
Team Cobra!!! Ssssssss!
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Um, yeah, dont think I will be trying anymore outdoor flying over here soon. After the butt chewing we recieved and the possible letter of reprimand from a 2 star... but DANG it was so cool to see!

laine.
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Old Apr 01, 2008, 01:13 PM
Ta-dah!
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LOL, What are they going to do...send you to Afghanistan.


J/K hope you don't get in too much trouble. Fifteen years is a long time in, only five more to go.
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Old Apr 01, 2008, 01:13 PM
WAA-08 THANK FRANK!
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Wow Lane - that is a great story. I really admire those who own their mistakes and their successes, too. Integrity is alive and well in the Uniform that we admire and cherish.

Be safe - Have fun - get home soon

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Old Apr 01, 2008, 01:14 PM
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if only you had told us yesterday or tomorrow, it'd carry so much more weight
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Old Apr 01, 2008, 01:16 PM
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Once this story gets around the base, there will be a load of guys throwing footballs in the same spot ;-)
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Old Apr 01, 2008, 01:21 PM
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Once this story gets around the base, there will be a load of guys throwing footballs in the same spot ;-)

keep an eye on the nerdy guy too theyll be throwin him next
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Old Apr 01, 2008, 01:22 PM
Team Cobra!!! Ssssssss!
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Ooops, I misspelled it... its CIWS not CWIS. Sorry. Same thing as the Phalanx you saw FH. Same exact thing, just modified for artillary, rockets and mortars. I can tell you this, RC planes dont stand a chance! not even one of the greatest fighters of all time!

Laine.
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Old Apr 01, 2008, 01:27 PM
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Cool story, timing is kinda fishy though.
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Old Apr 01, 2008, 05:00 PM
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Actually sounds like something I would have done "in the day".
Thank heavens my daughter asked for an RC car sent to Tikrit.

3/1 or nothing, I'd-a been thinking about it if I'd sent a plane and Laine's story ain't so "April Fools" in many camps!

mw
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Old Apr 01, 2008, 05:36 PM
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Spectacular! Hopefully you don't get into much trouble.
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Old Apr 01, 2008, 06:09 PM
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That's one of the funniest stories I heard in a long while. If it doesn't turn out bad for you, it will be one to tell time and time again.

Good luck,

John
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