Skip to comments.British helicopter pilot shot between the eyes but keeps flying to save 20 soldiers
Posted on 03/05/2010 9:24:20 AM PST by llevrokEdited 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.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...
Thank God for our (and the UK military).
Military = honor.
Public “service” = dishonor.
“And had it not been for the skill of the pilot the result would have been the same.”
Amen to that!
in a sense, the military version of skully
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.
How does one survive a shot between the eyes, much less being able to function enough to fly the copter to safety?
God bless him
“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.
When did this happen? If it was recently, it would take 6 months or more to process.
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!
I hope he is up for a BIG medal!
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.
Wow! Just Wow!
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.
Did anyone catch the Flt-Lt Fortune.
as in Fortunate
The British equivalent of Congressional Medal of Honor, if I could nominate.
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