Friday, August 03, 2007
Surfing in Iraq, El Capitan Style
Flying around Iraq in a Blackhawk can be a little worrisome when you know what the threat is below... until you see that your gunners are California National Guardsmen. After that, it's smooth sailing. If only they could fly down to an In-N-Out burger on the way back to Baghdad.
They didn't call this place the Fertile Crescent for nothing. This place is green.
I liked this shot the best. We had just taken off over the Tigris river and the sun hit the water perfectly. This nation might be in turmoil, but the land itself is beautiful.
posted by El Capitan at 6:26 AM
Wow. It is a beautiful place. I would think a ride like that to see the countryside would be even more pleasant if you didn't have to worry about people shooting at you.11:40 AM
The diversity of the landscape always takes me by surprise. Careful with that surfing, Dude - it could injure something if you fell :)
Appreciate your updates so that we don't get our drawers in a twist.
Watch out along the south rim of the Karada penninsula. We've had a few shots at the occasional RW flight in that area. Nothing ever connected, but keep an eye peeled. But I bet you or the guy on the stick get flight threat briefings anyway.5:15 PM
I like the California flag on the helmet! I wore one on my flight jacket on the shoulder where we were allowed to wear a "morale" patch.
Thanks for the update - glad to see you're doing alright.
I wish I could mail you some in-n-out burger.
Dude, I love these pics...espec the CA flag patch on the gunner.
I will have a double double for you next time I'm in CA ;)