Satan's Chariot

By Jim Hinnant, 401st Army Field Support BrigadeAugust 24, 2008

Just before lifting off on an escort mission, a Polish variant of the Mil Mi-24 (NATO designation "Hind") helicopter gunship ground taxis on the ramp adjacent to the airstrip at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Aug. 16, 2008.  During the Soviet experience in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989, Mujahideen rebels gave the heavily armored, 26,000 pound aircraft the nickname "Shaitan-Arba" (Satan's Chariot).
1 / 1 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Just before lifting off on an escort mission, a Polish variant of the Mil Mi-24 (NATO designation "Hind") helicopter gunship ground taxis on the ramp adjacent to the airstrip at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Aug. 16, 2008. During the Soviet experience in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989, Mujahideen rebels gave the heavily armored, 26,000 pound aircraft the nickname "Shaitan-Arba" (Satan's Chariot). (Photo Credit: Jim Hinnant, 401st Army Field Support Brigade) VIEW ORIGINAL