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British helicopter pilot shot between the eyes but keeps flying to save 20 soldiers
http://www.news.com.au/world/british-helicopter-pilot-shot-between-the-eyes-but-keeps-flying-to-save-20-soldiers/story-e6frfkyr-1225837442852 ^

Posted on 03/05/2010 9:24:20 AM PST by llevrok

Edited on 03/05/2010 3:09:39 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

The Sun reports that Flight Lieutenant Ian Fortune, 28, had flown in to pick up casualties as a firefight raged between American and Afghan forces and heavily-armed rebels near Garmsir in Helmand Province.

Flt-Lt Fortune - who had TV presenter Mike Brewer on the aircraft filming a documentary - was advised to hold off on approach to the battle as it was "too hot" on the ground. He circled until troops reported incoming fire had calmed down.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; aviation; frwn; helicopter; helicoptermilitary; hero; military; rescue; sniper; taliban; uktroops
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1 posted on 03/05/2010 9:24:20 AM PST by llevrok
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To: llevrok

Thank God for our (and the UK military).

Military = honor.

Public “service” = dishonor.


2 posted on 03/05/2010 9:26:29 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: SandRat

Ping


3 posted on 03/05/2010 9:27:29 AM PST by llevrok (Drink your beer, damnit. There are sober people in Africa.)
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To: llevrok

“And had it not been for the skill of the pilot the result would have been the same.”

Amen to that!


4 posted on 03/05/2010 9:27:47 AM PST by Old Grumpy
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To: llevrok

Wow.


5 posted on 03/05/2010 9:28:16 AM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Old Grumpy

in a sense, the military version of skully


6 posted on 03/05/2010 9:28:25 AM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (Why protest fur and not leather? Ever try to hassle a motorcycle gang?)
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To: llevrok

wow !


7 posted on 03/05/2010 9:28:43 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: llevrok

Wow. That’s a story. The article doesn’t mention what decoration the pilot was issued. That would have been a nice detail to include.


8 posted on 03/05/2010 9:29:21 AM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: llevrok

How does one survive a shot between the eyes, much less being able to function enough to fly the copter to safety?


9 posted on 03/05/2010 9:29:49 AM PST by OB1kNOb (Sharpen your pitchforks, boil the tar, and pluck the feathers, the time will soon be upon us to act.)
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To: llevrok

God bless him


10 posted on 03/05/2010 9:30:49 AM PST by Kimmers (Be the kind of person when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, Oh crap, she's awake)
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To: OB1kNOb

“It knocked his head back and caused severe bleeding.

More bullets followed, hitting the Chinook’s controls and shutting down the stabilisation system. “

I couldn’t imagine what the Chinook becomes like without just the stabilization system. This guy really maintained his cool.


11 posted on 03/05/2010 9:32:27 AM PST by Celerity
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To: OldDeckHand

When did this happen? If it was recently, it would take 6 months or more to process.


12 posted on 03/05/2010 9:33:55 AM PST by CholeraJoe ("We are as numerous as the stars in the heavens, and we are all gun-men.")
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To: llevrok

It is in Life-Or-Death situations that the truly great show themselves and this pilot is certainly one of them. My respects and admiration to this man, his crew and those responsible for making him the man that he has shown himself to be. Kudos!


13 posted on 03/05/2010 9:34:26 AM PST by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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To: llevrok

I hope he is up for a BIG medal!


14 posted on 03/05/2010 9:35:02 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: llevrok

Bravo!


15 posted on 03/05/2010 9:36:26 AM PST by TADSLOS (Tea Party. We are the party of NO! NO to more government! NO to more spending! NO to more taxation!)
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To: OldDeckHand

Perhaps it’s too early for that. It will come in time. It’ll be interesting to see that on the documentary. Has to be one he!! of a pilot. One of the many brave souls doing their job under hellacious conditions.


16 posted on 03/05/2010 9:36:27 AM PST by NCC-1701 (ZEROs FAVORITE SONG -- I, ME, MINE -- BY THE BEATLES)
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To: llevrok

Wow! Just Wow!


17 posted on 03/05/2010 9:39:42 AM PST by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: CholeraJoe; NCC-1701
"When did this happen? If it was recently, it would take 6 months or more to process."

I mistakenly got the feeling it happened a while ago, because it mentions a documentary. I thought the documentary had already aired, but after rereading the story, it just talks about a camera crew being there. It may have just happened very recently, which of course would explain why no award has been given, yet.

18 posted on 03/05/2010 9:39:56 AM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: llevrok

Did anyone catch the Flt-Lt Fortune.

as in Fortunate


19 posted on 03/05/2010 9:42:09 AM PST by Dacula (Evil succeeds when good men do nothing. Lets do something.)
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To: 70th Division
I hope he is up for a BIG medal!

The British equivalent of Congressional Medal of Honor, if I could nominate.

20 posted on 03/05/2010 9:42:28 AM PST by llevrok (Drink your beer, damnit. There are sober people in Africa.)
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