I have worked as a crew on two of the helicopters that were allocated to Police Operations in Sandton, when working for the SAPS from Gallo Manor police station. I have been in a Puma, Jet ranger, Alouette, Robinson 44 and the German Messerschmitt choppers.
I have always wanted to fly but not just any helicopter (only the Mi24) the first of which I saw was in the Movie Red Dawn (An original version of the first hind variant) in awesome snow cammo and dark tinted windows. There were three of them flying in formation and showing their true abilities. There was an attempt in Rambo 2 and Rambo 3 to imitate the Mi24 by using a Puma and adding pylons and rocket launchers (I guess they did not have access to the real thing). Then there is the Mi 24 Super hind which is based if I recall correctly at Lanseria. It is seen here in my photos with my then girlfriend now wife Marize. Photos taken by Ian Black and myself. The same Super hind seen here also was used in the recent movie “Blood Diamond”. The closest I can get to flying at the moment is in the virtual world of P.C on games such as Operation Flashpoint and Armed Assault where I can fly different versions of this awesome attack helicopter, engage targets in the Afghanistan theatre and many more. From engaging Mujah's troop convoys, enemy tank columns, and Mjahadine hided outs in the Afghan mountains. Avoiding ground fire from RPD’s, RPG’s, and Stinger missiles and anti aircraft fire. This platform also gives one a chance to fly the Apache AH64, AH6 little birds and the Cobra AH1 as well as many more. I have a passion for helicopters but especially the Hinds.
The Mil Mi-24 is a large combat helicopter gunship and low-capacity troop transport operated from 1976 by the Soviet Air Force, its successors, and over thirty other nations.
Its NATO reporting name is Hind and variants are identified with an additional letter. The export versions, Mi-25 and Mi-35, are denoted as Hind D and Hind E respectively. Soviet pilots called the aircraft 'letayushiy tank' or flying tank. Another common nickname is 'Krokodil' (Crocodile) — due to the helicopter's camouflage and fuselage shape.
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