Wednesday, May 30, 2012

It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's a Blackhawk Helicopter


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.






2 comments:

lizy-expat-writer said...

Wow! The OH and I were invited on board a British aircraft carrier in Santa Cruz harbour a couple of years ago - along with 100 others so it's not that impressive! Down in the hold we saw helicopters - so massive up close - and on deck were several Harrier jump jets - so tiny up close.

Jenny said...

An aircraft carrier tour is indeed impressive! We're too landlocked to have one in the neighborhood :-)