Donna Teresa: A Monterey County sky filled with Angels and Knights
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#1 Jul 28, 2009
Great article about the dedicated military pilots, and their crews. To hear the roar of the Blue Angels over my shop, or the rotor blades of a Huey helicopter, is an instant invitation to relive what me and my men experienced in combat in Vietnam. Most people just watch them do their precision flying. Those of us in combat had the honor of seeing these pilots literally save our lives with their bombs, and mini-gun fire. To see an F4 Phantom pointing straight down at your position, then releasing a couple of bombs, well us troops could only hope that he had the exact coordinates so the bomb would reach the target, and not drop short on our position. Seeing a 500 pound bomb heading directly for what seems like the same hole you are in does make ones heart beat a little faster. Being pinned down in a firefight and having a Cobra gunship on call was exciting. During actual firefights I heard people verbally yelling at the gunships, who they knew were our saviors. It was almost like the applause at a movie when the audience applauds when the good guys pop over the horizon. We were fortunate that none of our pilots ever made a mistake. Yet their firepower was withing 30-50 feet of our position. These are sights one sees on TV, but believe me they are much more memorable when they are happening to you. So air shows are for the uniformed public, they do just that, put on an awesome flying demonstrations. But those of us that attend that were in ground combat, the smells, sights, and sounds bring back many repressed feelings. Thanks again for a great article. I salute the Blue Angels, and the Thunderbirds. A group of fine young men that are very proud of their country, their flag, and their patriotic duty.
The FTA Man!
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