How Apache pilots say thank you


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.


78 Responses

  1. karambiatos

    April 22, 2012 2:24 pm

    you cant eject out of an apache, but it is possible to make an ejector seat for a helicopter, youd need to shoot the main rotors blades off first, and then the ejector seat would engage, there were tests on this, but the US military deemed the system too expensive to put in every helicopter, the russian ka-50 and ka-52 have an ejector system thats like that, while their mi-28 has a different one where the pilots jump out from the sides and slide down inflatable chutes.

  2. KingCrumbdenfroft

    September 3, 2012 4:12 am

    It's surely obvious to most people, but I feel compelled to point out for the sake of those who do not realize it that Mhia's explanation was meant in jest–no, you can't eject from an Apache.

  3. Maxwell Morgan

    October 10, 2012 4:41 pm

    I pick this video to post mine to because I know it is your biggest mover. Please let me help others in America get there weight under control. Our younger adults can use some help with there weight. Is that not worth something to you? Thank you for your time. God bless you.

  4. popg11

    November 29, 2012 11:18 pm

    lol you are not even a good troll… Don't you have anything to do like a job, a career, school, maybe hanging out with friends? No, nothing? I guess I shouldn't assume you even have friends :(… "Russia and China" lol your funny "Latin America" holy shit thats funny 😀

  5. Goalatio

    April 29, 2013 11:28 pm

    What the fuck have you been smoking? Americans didn't kill 1 million iraqi people. And soldiers don't leave their homes saying "I'm going to go shoot a few iraqi children and families today!" stop believing the bullshit that your buddies or whatever are telling you. Soldiers have families and lives too. The children etc that die from soldiers just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time .. standing near an insurgent that's being shot at normally isn't a good idea.

  6. Goalatio

    April 29, 2013 11:49 pm

    Defending their country?? Okay, so we can just ignore the fact that 9/11 happened completely then, right? Also, I'm german, so calling me an american is pretty funny.

  7. Goalatio

    April 30, 2013 12:11 am

    The WTC was hit, that's a fact. Whether the US government or Bin Laden's militia did it doesn't matter– Bin Laden claimed responsibility for it. The United States went to deal with him (similar to how WW2 started when Japan attacked the US) but every militia member and their mom's cousin's dog jumped on the "we hate america" bandwagon and decided it'd be a fun idea to try to kill americans, so the US stayed to try to get some form of government control established.

  8. Goalatio

    April 30, 2013 12:13 am

    Then when those same people that decided they'd fight against americans get shot or killed, the others around them whine and complain that "america is terrorizing us!". Dunno about you mate, but if I were being shot at I would shoot back to protect myself and those around me .. there's a simple solution — fix the stupidity that goes on in Iraq.

  9. Thomas Honey

    May 3, 2013 6:40 am

    VViczejwen I AM AN AMERICAN and I am in the ARMY I RESENT being called or even being put in the same category as a terrorist. And they DID find the BLACK BOX at the Pentagon. You are right about 9/11 Iraq had nothing to do with it. We started started with AFGANISTAN that was for 9/11. When we invaded IRAQ it was for something totaly different. Get your facts straight before you start showing your inteligence.LOL. And to compare us to the Nazis is so far from the truth.

  10. BeckyLMC

    May 31, 2013 2:44 pm

    Not only is it far from the truth…it is totally unfair and unAmerican. I say to all soldiers current or veterans…Thank you for your service to this country…from the heart. Love it or leave it and don't let the proverbial door hit you too hard on the way out…just don't come back as we have enough slackers already! Thanks, again, Thomas Honey!

  11. XDarkxSteel

    June 7, 2013 11:14 pm

    Defending their own country? they weren't even wanted by their people! THEY killed Iraqis and the afghans. The Taliban claim to be fighting for their god but no god would accept the meaningless slaughter of thousands of innocents.

  12. spitfire4sergi

    July 28, 2013 7:55 pm

    How can you work on those things and have to watch other people fly them? Same with any other airplanes or helicopters. I could never understand how you can watch other people fly while being stuck on the ground

  13. Martin B

    August 31, 2013 10:54 pm

    I was privileged to ride strapped to the side of an Apache. being a maintainer the thing that popped into my head was "I wonder if the services were done correctly on this aircraft"

  14. BloodofPatriots

    September 12, 2013 12:14 am

    Got the same experience backseat of a F-14. First thing the pilot said to me was "Did you know it takes a college education to fly one of these but you don't even need a high school diploma to fix it?" Then he laughed like a devil and did a maneuver that caused my stomach to turn inside out.

    Tomcat drivers are bastards. LOL

  15. motanelustelistu

    September 15, 2013 3:34 am

    Mine too.Only because the pilots show humanity towards their colleagues and because the helicopter is most awesome 😀

  16. BloodofPatriots

    September 20, 2013 9:33 pm

    Nah, it wasn't unfortunate. Its actually true (at least it was at the time). He was just trying to mess with me (which he did). Every couple of minutes, he'd ask, "Do you hear the sound? That's not a good sound. Hmmm… we might have engine failure. You can swim, right?" He was a good officer that trusted his non-comms to get things done and, from what I heard from other officers, one heck of an elite pilot.

  17. BloodofPatriots

    September 20, 2013 11:51 pm

    GitMo is a "concentration camp?" Then its the first concentration camp in the history of the world where the prisoners came in starving and got so fat that they're treated for obesity. LOL

  18. Frodo Gamingz

    September 21, 2013 4:08 am

    Its just usually pilots wouldn't fly that low. The Colorado river isn't near any military bases and it is in the middle of forests and a canyon so…

  19. 1960jefbot

    October 1, 2013 5:38 pm

    well cockbreath, feel free to come over in person to collect for our "sins" polish boi…….since America is so "evil" i guess you love the Soviets for how well they "took care" of you after the nazis did their public service….but we dont hear shit from you about them…that whole Katyn Massacre was just a joke right? And the germans were just looking for a date huh??????Look up Turing Test Failure, your face will be next to the entry—douche

  20. rocketman63

    October 16, 2013 8:26 pm

    Interesting work of fiction you've posted here. Now that Tom Clancy has died, perhaps YOU will be the next bestselling author of political novels. You'll certainly never make it as a documentarian, a historian; OR a diplomat.

  21. Dan Grigs

    October 23, 2013 6:40 pm

    ah ok. that's cool. must be frustrating for you. I'll report it, you should too, it should end up being taken down soon. I hope you changed your youtube password.

  22. Dan Grigs

    October 23, 2013 6:44 pm

    The reason is because homo sapiens evolved in Africa and have spread out from that focal point. If you follow the history you will see that they entered europe, then asia and the west, and filled in all the land. Then finally we started heading across the ocean to the Americas because they were the last last untouched by us due to geographical constrictions. just saying… Oh and they are only "your shores" now in history, it's not like civilization has been trying to come to "you".

  23. Wael Erian Rezk

    October 24, 2013 1:40 pm

    If you want to see the skills of the pilots Look what they did Apache pilots insist in securing revolution June 30

  24. Wael Erian Rezk

    October 24, 2013 1:41 pm

    اذا كنت ترغب فى مشاهده مهارات الطيارين فى قياده الاباتشى ابحث عما فعله الطيارين المصريين لحمايه ثوره 30 يونيه والمهارات الخارقه لسلاح الجو المصرى

  25. Wael Erian Rezk

    October 24, 2013 1:43 pm

    If you want to see the skills of pilots in the leadership of the Apache pilots' Look what he did to protect Egyptian revolution June 30 and supernatural skills of the Egyptian Air Force

  26. MansunDivine

    October 26, 2013 1:06 pm

    We are quickly killing this beautiful world, we are breathing aluminium oxide, strontium, barium and more toxic chemicals which are sprayed into the ionosphere to combat their theory of global warming, which in a lie. It's called Geo-Engineering or chemtrails, look up, the skies look different from 10 years or so ago, The global elite see us as cattle, they want most of us dead, search: Bohemian Grove, FEMA camps & coffins, Georgia Guidestones, Bilderberg, Agenda 21, RFID chips, Zionism,

  27. Thunder Nugget

    April 28, 2014 5:40 am

    Once there was a young bald eagle sitting on a branch in my back yard. I walked up to it slowly and gently petted it. It screamed at me, and flew off leaving a big plop of red, white, and blue bird shit on the branch. I swear to God, I've been laughing about it for 18 years.

  28. Jo Momma

    November 10, 2014 11:17 pm

    There's no such thing as an Apache crew chief, they are all penguins. Make sure you all update your reading card files before your flight. Oh wait…

  29. Beachnative42

    November 20, 2014 4:00 pm

    This should be a standard practice for anyone who serves and works on any aircraft. I worked at a yacht manufacturer and was given a ride on one. What a change in my thinking! Our pilots need every advantage they can get including maintenance by someone who has had that experience and remembers it!

  30. Joshua Smith

    November 21, 2014 2:59 am

    They should fly mechanics right after major fixes. This provide accountability that the job was well done. If not the mechanic may die with the pilot.

  31. Michael Lawson

    April 11, 2015 1:24 pm

    I thought it was Army policy that all twin engine aircraft required 2 pilots to operate? At least that's what I was told when I was in.


    April 15, 2017 12:17 am

    That's cool, get to go for a ride in what you help make. Even cooler if the pilot let you have a little turn controlling it, and maybe shoot a practice target…nah that might be a little too much, but still would be cool.

  33. Ryan Taylor

    October 25, 2017 9:51 pm

    I'm all for Motivation Rides, but IN A WAR ZONE, what happens when someone takes a shot at them and the gunner is back at the FOB drinking a latte'? NO BUENO!

  34. rrradodddupa

    October 31, 2017 6:35 pm

    Quite useless combat machine…. very expensive, could be defeated by any 250$ RPG, with almost 100% success rate.

  35. B 2

    March 10, 2018 4:44 am

    The Australian Army make parachutes packers jump with a chute packed with their name on it. This encourages the lads to concentrate on the job.

  36. michael granger

    May 27, 2018 7:09 pm

    I was recently told by an Army engineer that many Apache pilots are dicks because they're known for rotor-washing other troops while they camped, like when they're trying to get to bed. It happened to his crew, and they got permission from a colonel to do the following: later that week at night, they took a bulldozer and dug ditches around two of the Apaches 8 feet deep and 10 feet wide. That basically disabled their ability to take off. They had to go and humbly apologize to the Army crew to get the ditches filled back in.


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