Apache crew chiefs.
Sergeant Collin Black shows how the pilots say thank you for hard work.
We get to go ride in the Apache helicopter. It’s pretty awesome because day in and day
out, 24/7, we’re always working on these things,
and about the only time we got to sit inside is riding brakes
and we’re towing it into the hangar or something. So it’ll be a nice change to actually get
up in the air in it. [Black] Between quick ascents and hard banks,
the crew chiefs swap stories with their pilot and see Iraq from a vantage point few soldiers
will ever experience. [Andrade] It’s amazing when you’re climbing
in altitude and when you’re hanging sharp rights,
and you look at the ground and it’s actually by your shoulder.
It’s a totally different experience. Very rarely do we get to take anybody,
aside from other Longbow pilots, out in the aircraft,
so it was an opportunity to show them what their work comes to.
We truly put our lives in their hands.