Army Blackhawk helicopters based in Alabama and Iraq recently made
refueling stops at the A.L. Mangham Regional Airport. Airport
Director Mary Uristi organized lunch for one group and breakfast for
the other. The Aeromodelers were privileged to be invited by Mary
to observe the landings and assist in serving food and drinks.
The gratitude displayed by these young men can only be
appreciated by the feel of their handshakes, kind words,
and smiles on their faces. |
Those returning from Iraq showed no sign of the long tour of duty only recently completed. This was their second homecoming. Most of the crews already made at least one tour of duty in Iraq. The other crews were headed in the opposite direction. They will spend the next two months at Fort Hood preparing for a return to Afghanistan or Iraq. They are professional soldiers. We wished them well and thanked them for their service.
Their stay was brief but we had the opportunity to fly some radio control planes for their enjoyment. One got a chance to take the controls and flew with the skills we expected them to display. One group filed a visual flight plan from Beaumont to their home base in Oklahoma and were forced by bad weather to delay departure for several hours. You can see them below planning their flight out to their next stop, Texarkana, before heading to their home base and family reunions in Oklahoma. We hope you enjoy the photos. It was quite a site to see.