Paul Filmer's 2010 blogGAR Entries

APR 06 2010
UH-60L in the Wilds

I met up with my co-hunter, Louis, and we set off along the road that we were told the Colorado Army National Guard, based out of Buckley AFB, would most likely operate from. Unfortunately every dirt road into the area we needed to get to was blocked by a locked gate accessible only to the residents of the local ranches.

The wind started to pick up and as the choppers were already 45 minutes past their allotted start time we assumed that they had scrubbed the mission. Louis had some task to do at home so I decided to explore the southern boundary alone. This was harder than it looked and it took me around 45 minutes to even get to the place I was aiming for.

I drove another five miles looking for roads into the area and only found one that was too far east to be of any use. On my way back I spied my first H-60 low on the horizon; it headed south so I decided to follow it for a bit to check if it landed but no dice.

On my way back I suddenly saw an H-60 land in front of me in between some trees. Luckily this was right next to the road and as I drew up it took off carrying its sling-load underneath. I spotted an Army guy on the ground that suggested that he would come back, and so he did, time and time again, picking up and dropping the practice load.

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2010-04-08 - Sagar Pathak
Great shots! Refreshing to see the birds in their natural element.

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