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Apache Jedi Knight

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posted on Jan, 26 2016 @ 12:35 PM
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United States Army National Guard pilot Ken Jones (call Sign Jedi) is the first pilot to achieve 10,000 flight hours (2270 combat) in the AH-64 Apache helicopter. He's been flying the Apache since 1986 and will be flying the Echo Model AH-64E Apache before he retires. Jones is also a High Altitude Training Site instructor for Spec. Ops. flying in mountainous areas.
Apparently the aptitude for piloting helicopters runs in the family as well, his son Jared, is also an Apache pilot in the Utah National Guard.









posted on Jan, 26 2016 @ 12:47 PM
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Very cool. What an outstanding achievement!

My Cousin is a General in the Canadian Air Force, and he was stationed within the US for a few months. I bet he had a chance to meet the guy



posted on Jan, 26 2016 @ 12:47 PM
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a reply to: Sammamishman
Wow.
That pic.
The rotor tips are awfully close to the water.
It is fine line between bold and crazy.
The man obviously is very experienced and good at what he does. He knows his limitations, otherwise he wouldn't still be alive.



posted on Jan, 26 2016 @ 12:56 PM
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Yes, the U.S. military and all their scary names for equipment.

The "Apache", named after thousands upon thousands of native indians slaughtered by white guys haha



posted on Jan, 26 2016 @ 12:59 PM
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a reply to: Sammamishman

That's a lot of hours to get beat to hell in a whirlybird.



posted on Jan, 26 2016 @ 12:59 PM
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originally posted by: Zcustosmorum
The "Apache", named after thousands upon thousands of native indians slaughtered by white guys haha


And even more killed by the Spanish.



posted on Jan, 26 2016 @ 01:03 PM
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originally posted by: Zcustosmorum
Yes, the U.S. military and all their scary names for equipment.

The "Apache", named after thousands upon thousands of native indians slaughtered by white guys haha


Yeah... No....

Here's an exerpt from American Army’s Aviation Digest from March 1977.

All Army aircraft should be given the names of American Indian tribes or chiefs or terms. The name should appeal to the imagination without sacrifice of dignity, and should suggest an aggressive spirit and confidence in the capabilities of the aircraft. The name also should suggest mobility, agility, flexibility, firepower and endurance.

The name in no way is there because white people slaughtered American Aboriginals, but out of respect and admiration for their strengths.

I like how you are trying to defend the aboriginals, and then call them 'indians'
edit on 26/1/16 by Ghost147 because: (no reason given)



posted on Jan, 26 2016 @ 01:08 PM
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originally posted by: Zcustosmorum
Yes, the U.S. military and all their scary names for equipment.

The "Apache", named after thousands upon thousands of native indians slaughtered by white guys haha

Agreed.

Hero killers, bah.

Edit: he can do amazing things with his gun ship, but we can't show you that because its horrific. So we'll just talk about how much flight time he has.
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posted on Jan, 26 2016 @ 01:10 PM
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a reply to: Ghost147

Not defending anyone bubba, besides how can you defend people who are dead, it's too late.

I'm merely pointing out an observation on the stupidity of these killing machines and how certain groups of the human race really haven't evolved whatsoever.



posted on Jan, 26 2016 @ 01:27 PM
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a reply to: Zcustosmorum

Those "killing machines"are necessary.I'm glad we have them on our side rather than on the other.

Yes,war is stupid but that's what humans do.

I dislike helicopters,though.So many just fall out of the sky.



posted on Jan, 26 2016 @ 01:27 PM
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It's really a shame you can't have a discussion about an aircraft without someone getting their moral panties in a twist. If the mods had any cajones here they'd mark those as off topic. Your indignation is duly noted.



posted on Jan, 26 2016 @ 01:28 PM
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Thats pretty cool Samm. Neat thread.

With this guys experience in the apache I wonder if he's ever spent time flying for SOAR in one of their whirlies doing stuff he can't talk about?



posted on Jan, 26 2016 @ 01:35 PM
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When is the Comanche coming online? I see they are talking Apache E, but I thought the Comanche would make it obsolete pretty quick.



posted on Jan, 26 2016 @ 01:39 PM
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a reply to: spirit_horse

the comanche was cancelled in 2004.

Although I wonder if it was cancelled or if it was 'Cancelled" A stealth light attack helicopter would make a good escort for a stealth Blackhawk which we know they built a few of. Hence wondering about SOAR and this guy.



posted on Jan, 26 2016 @ 01:41 PM
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originally posted by: Zcustosmorum
a reply to: Ghost147
I'm merely pointing out an observation on the stupidity of these killing machines and how certain groups of the human race really haven't evolved whatsoever.


Your direct quote is:

The "Apache", named after thousands upon thousands of native indians slaughtered by white guys haha

That's not an observation, that's a statement, in which I've shown to be inaccurate.



posted on Jan, 26 2016 @ 01:51 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Ha, yes it is.



posted on Jan, 26 2016 @ 01:54 PM
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a reply to: BASSPLYR

It's well and truly dead. Some of the technology from it survived, but the bird itself is as dead as that goose I hit with my truck.



posted on Jan, 26 2016 @ 01:54 PM
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a reply to: BASSPLYR

It's possible. It sounds like he spent a lot of time teaching them to fly high altitude.



posted on Jan, 26 2016 @ 02:14 PM
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a reply to: Sammamishman

Interesting other than getting to places high up in the afghani mountains I usually think of helicopters keeping to lower altitudes. Wonder what it means that he was training pilots to take their birds up so high?



posted on Jan, 26 2016 @ 02:20 PM
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a reply to: BASSPLYR

For the mountains. There are a lot of places that are fairly high altitude they work. They're usually not friendly to helicopters because of the altitude.



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