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Subject: M777 Air Assault Training
ArtyEngineer    6/4/2008 7:50:13 PM
The Army and Marine Corps team at its finest. Hoooah!!! and Ooh-Rah!!! http://www.youtube.com/v/rZtikmCSZQU&hl=en">http://www.youtube.com/v/rZtikmCSZQU&hl=en" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="344">
 
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Carl S    Wise Voice of Experince   6/7/2008 12:25:52 AM
So, ah, they cut out the part where the howitzer broke free and fell 100 meters?  Thats the most exciting part.  Its suprising how high those things bounce, even if only falling ten or fifteen meters.  Less exciting is looking for your howitzer after the bird sets it in the wrong LZ.  (Hint: Be prepared to compute firing data from a wide variety of locations other than where you planned on shooting from.)

 
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ArtyEngineer       6/7/2008 2:14:20 AM

So, ah, they cut out the part where the howitzer broke free and fell 100 meters?  Thats the most exciting part.  Its suprising how high those things bounce, even if only falling ten or fifteen meters.  Less exciting is looking for your howitzer after the bird sets it in the wrong LZ.  (Hint: Be prepared to compute firing data from a wide variety of locations other than where you planned on shooting from.)



Carl,
 
Sounds like you have done air assault missions in the past with less than optimal results :)  Thankfully nothing had to be cut loose this time, overall it was an awesome exercise for both thw Army and the Marine Aviators.  Unfortunately I cant share my footage or pics from a much closer perspective!!!!
 
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Claymore       6/7/2008 5:08:51 AM
Are you active Duty Army or Marines? Officer?
 
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Carl S       6/7/2008 8:07:48 AM
Me?  I've been retired so long I cant recall which year it became official.   From 1974 I had six years active service mixed in with fourteen years reserve service USMC.  Racked up credit for twenty in 1997 as a Major.  The bulk of my service was in the artillery, with two stints in reserve rifle battalions, as a supply clerk, and miscl schools. 
 
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CharlieArty       6/19/2008 10:37:19 PM
Does anyone havie any experience changing the rubber boot covering on the elevation shaft under the M777?  We have several boots that look like rags now.   It looks like a long dirty job.  I'd like to know what I'm getting myself into.  How did the job go and do you have any suggestions.  My email is csanderson777@gmail.com .
 
Thanks,
Charlie
 
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