Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Low level flying and last departure

A couple of days back I got the Tour of All Southern Iraq, inadvertantly. I was flying what I thought was a quick trip back to my usual digs. Instead, I was asked where I was going, and more than once I was told "oh, you're last off" in a rather ominous manner. But hey, I had never seen Um Qasr, Camp Bucca, etc...

On the flight back I decided to pull out my obsolecent camera and flip it to movie mode and try to capture a bit of the feel of flying low over Southern Iraq. My first effort with Blogger's movie clip feature failed, so I embedded it from YouTube.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Major John,

First, thanks for your service and may God bless you.

Second, I tried to watch the video, but it says that it is no longer available. Is it my (stupid) computer or has it been taken down?


Audubon, NJ

(Father of an Army Cat 3 Linguist stationed at Slayer.)

1:52 PM  
Blogger LTC John said...


I just ran it again - to be sure. It is working as far as I can see.

Give it a bit and try again. youTube can be a pain sometimes.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Skyler said...

I guess it's good news that the news out of Iraq nowadays is a very routine and otherwise uneventful chopper flight.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Greyhawk said...

You have youtube access?!?!?

Looks like you were fairly low. If you can talk the guys into popping up a bit you get about a 10 degree temperature drop. (But there are associated costs...)

Do you know which 'airline' you were with?

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey - that last comment was me, not the Mrs. I think I'm a victim of identity theft here.

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boring. Reminds me of my flights in Beirut back in 83-84. But that is a GOOD thang. S/F

6:46 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...


My name is MAJ C. Host another blogsite at

Im trying to get it posted at MILBLOG and having a heck of a time with it. Can you point me in the right direction. Thank You very much.


10:12 PM  
Blogger LTC John said...


Sir - I am staying at a ...uh, different kind of place. I have a satellite dish to straight commercial internet, for now.

I was flying in an RAF Merlin.

Downer and Skyler - I didn't claim it was combat footage. I'm rather glad it wasn't...

10:30 PM  
Blogger LTC John said...




I hope those help.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Inner Prop said...

Reminds me of taking the Ring flight the wrong way round in Afghanistan.

We stopped off in a couple of places they wouldn't tell me the name of.

That was awfully low. Did you go NOE?

12:42 AM  

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