So, back to “Slim’s” story of going home on leave. Remember Slim was out at Ramadi, Iraq working around the Marines. So, the nice Marines flew him back to Baghdad so he could fly home on leave.
Well, around some of the camps in Baghdad, the US Army had these blimp things that kind of flew around the camps all day. They didn’t have a pilot or anybody on board, they were tethered to a cable to keep them sort of in one spot. The tethering cables ran down to a little trailer that had some Army dudes in them.
We were told that the blimps had cameras in them so they could see around the camps and stuff….kind of like the border patrol uses on the Mexican border….
So, now do you have this picture in your mind of the friggen Goodyear blimp floating up in the air all the time…day and night.
Now. Add to this a USMC CH46 flying POS (Pile of Shit) coming along in the dark.... you know "two broken washing machines fighting with gravity". Can you see where this is going?
Yep…you figured right. The CH 46 flying Slim and several others back to Baghdad in the dark…hits the cable holding the Goodyear blimp. The CH 46 does a “controlled crash” when it looses it’s battle with gravity. The Blimp and all the electronic gear on board flies off to who knows where.
The CH 46, crew and passengers survive the crash…actually nobody got hurt. No shit. Good flying by the Marine guys. But they crash land outside the camp....
Slim and the armed passengers and crew get off and set up perimeter around the craft and call for help.
The QRF (Quick Reaction Force) didn’t know what the “Q” in their title stood for and waited until the sun came up to go out and help the crash folks…and brought in the passengers. Slim said he was a little concerned about the local insurgents coming along to the crash…he only had one belt for his SAW with him…heck he was just going home on 2 weeks leave…nothing should happen.