August 13, 2005
Night shift in Iraq
Update: Some people seem to think this clip is intended to be humorous because most of the posts on this blog are funny. But that's not true for this video. It is not amusing nor is it intended to be taken that way.
Steve forwards a video clip with the warning "Not for children" and this note:
This is remarkable film footage. This is a night vision movie from Iraq, showing real live action against Iraqi insurgents. The pictures were taken from an AC130 Specter gunship (plane) 2.5 miles away.
The guys in the picture are setting up a roadside bomb and planning to ambush an American convoy which followed a short while after the pictures were taken. They were setting up for the ambush and were pacing off the distance from the bomb to where the convoy was to pass by. Turn your sound up.
The level of effort these crews put forth to control the enemy's antics is commendable, and their marksmanship with those electronically controlled 40mm cannons is astounding.
I don't know the source for this clip or who wrote the description. Click the image to see the clip (WMV format; ~2.5mB; 3:33 running time).
Here's info on the AC-130.
Posted by joke du jour at August 13, 2005 06:21 AM
Not for children, but good.
Posted by: Bruce Keesey at August 14, 2005 05:09 PM
This is a video taken of/from an AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter. The Apache's defensive weapon is a 30mm chaingun (electric cannon). AC-130's fly and engage from thousands of feet up and miles out. I flew Apache's for 6 years (including combat) and would reconize the HUD display and the information at the bottom of the screen anywhere. Just a little clarification.
Posted by: CraigC at January 4, 2006 08:24 PM