04 Apr '12, 8pm
Conventional Vs SOF Helos?: Here’s question we’ve heard several times in the months since last summer’s downing
Here’s question we’ve heard several times in the months since last summer’s downing of a CH-47 Chinook in Afghanistan that killed 30 U.S. troops, including 17 Navy SEALs, and eight Afghan Commandos; would those men still be alive if they were traveling aboard an aircraft belonging to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment rather than a conventional Army Chinook? The answer is a resounding no from senior Army aviators with both special operations and regular Combat Aviation Brigade experience, writes Military.com’s Mike Hoffman. Army Col. Pedro Almeida, commander of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, commanded Task Force Falcon in Afghanistan. The aircrew that lost their lives that night was assigned to his command. He explained that the crash, while tragic, never caused the special operations teams in Afghanistan to hesitate before stepping onto a helicopter flown b...