Prepping for aerial combat

By Spc. Nathan Hoskins, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public AffairsOctober 1, 2007

Topeka, Kan., native Spc. Anthony Crawford, an Apache crew chief for Company C, 1st "Attack" Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, salutes Belton, S.C., native Chief Warrant Officer 3 Russell Motes (back seat) and Deming, N.M., native CW2 Joshua Robertson (front seat), both pilots from Co. C, before they take off from Camp Taji, Iraq, Sept. 27 to conduct missions over Baghdad and the surrounding area.
1 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Topeka, Kan., native Spc. Anthony Crawford, an Apache crew chief for Company C, 1st "Attack" Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, salutes Belton, S.C., native Chief Warrant Officer 3 Russell Motes (back seat) and Deming, N.M., native CW2 Joshua Robertson (front seat), both pilots from Co. C, before they take off from Camp Taji, Iraq, Sept. 27 to conduct missions over Baghdad and the surrounding area. (Photo Credit: Spc. Nathan Hoskins, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
Topeka, Kan., native Spc. Anthony Crawford, an Apache crew chief for Company C, 1st "Attack" Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, walks around the aircraft to make some final inspections before he helps it taxi for take off at Camp Taji, Iraq, Sept. 27. Unlike a car, the Apache has no rear mirrors, the pilots depend on the eyes of the crew chief while backing out of their parking spot.
2 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Topeka, Kan., native Spc. Anthony Crawford, an Apache crew chief for Company C, 1st "Attack" Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, walks around the aircraft to make some final inspections before he helps it taxi for take off at Camp Taji, Iraq, Sept. 27. Unlike a car, the Apache has no rear mirrors, the pilots depend on the eyes of the crew chief while backing out of their parking spot. (Photo Credit: Spc. Nathan Hoskins, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
Deming, N.M., native Joshua Robertson (right), an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter pilot for Company C, 1st "Attack" Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, hands down a sun visor to Topeka, Kan., native Spc. Anthony Crawford (left), an Apache crew chief for Co. C, 1-227th, as they ready the aircraft for flight at Camp Taji, Iraq, Sept. 27.
3 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Deming, N.M., native Joshua Robertson (right), an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter pilot for Company C, 1st "Attack" Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, hands down a sun visor to Topeka, Kan., native Spc. Anthony Crawford (left), an Apache crew chief for Co. C, 1-227th, as they ready the aircraft for flight at Camp Taji, Iraq, Sept. 27. (Photo Credit: Spc. Nathan Hoskins, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
Belton, S.C., native Chief Warrant Officer 2 Russell Motes, an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter pilot for Company C, 1st "Attack" Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, inspects the rotor head of his aircraft on the flight line at Camp Taji, Iraq, before suiting up and heading out on mission, Sept. 27.
4 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Belton, S.C., native Chief Warrant Officer 2 Russell Motes, an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter pilot for Company C, 1st "Attack" Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, inspects the rotor head of his aircraft on the flight line at Camp Taji, Iraq, before suiting up and heading out on mission, Sept. 27. (Photo Credit: Spc. Nathan Hoskins, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL