Yes, friends, that’s me all up in the cockpit of a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter, because I am so naturally awesome that way. (I’m smiling because I don’t actually have to fly it.) The helicopter came up from Buckley Air Force Base in Denver as part of our local Memorial Day observances. The pilot—a woman, woot woot—set this big bird down in the grassy area of a nearby park on Sunday morning, no doubt sending the kids at the playground into a frenzy. It was pretty dang impressive.
I do wish Blackhawks such as this one could fly only humanitarian missions, but, as we all know, we’re not there yet. Until that time, I am so profoundly grateful for all the men and women the world over who put their lives on the line in the defense of freedom.
Oh, and to the guy who clambered in and out holding an open can of soda: 1) what were you thinking? and 2) you should probably thank your lucky stars that you didn’t spill any.