Video: Royal Marines strap themselves to Apache’s wings to rescue comrade

posted at 2:20 pm on January 21, 2007 by Allahpundit

They had a man down behind enemy lines and needed to reach him before the Taliban did. The Apache could get a rescue team there quickly — if, that is, it were outfitted to carry passengers, which it isn’t. What to do?

The Sunday Mirror has the full story. They did end up getting to their fallen colleague before the jihadis did, but still too late, alas.

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The only way the MSM would show something like this about American Marines is if one of them was picked off the wing by a sniper.

It is a bit sad that so many stories of valor go untold because it runs against the perception of the war that the MSN wants to portray.

jman on January 21, 2007 at 2:50 PM

Heroes aren’t on NBC…they are fighting for us to make the world safer for all. Thank you Coalition forces and thank you veterans.

infidel on January 21, 2007 at 3:09 PM

Its really distrubing that our enemies get more air time than our heroes.

Iblis on January 21, 2007 at 3:22 PM

That’s awesome… Not “just like in the movies”… When it’s done in the movies, we should say “just like the real Marines do!” This was some crazy Rambo sh**. Awesome.

RightWinged on January 21, 2007 at 3:29 PM

*real Marines = Royal Marines

RightWinged on January 21, 2007 at 3:30 PM

Marines did something like this with their super Cobras; dropped a service hatch and they rode four SF guys into battle to save a down man. I think it was on the history channel’s piece on operation anaconda….

liquidflorian on January 21, 2007 at 3:36 PM

Those guys are bad ass! Doin’ stuff Hollywood can’t even dream up. George Clooney (F.A.G.) is prolly tellin’ his actor friends “I was gonna suggest doin’ that in a movie once, that makes ME a hero too, doesn’t it?”

Tony737 on January 21, 2007 at 3:57 PM

That was a hairy chested move and a stout-hearted effort to try and save a life. God love these guys.

Zorro on January 21, 2007 at 4:09 PM

That’s too bad about the wounded Marine who didn’t make it. The heros who tried to rescue him are so humble, with that “I’m no hero” attidue.

I didn’t know we sold Apaches to the Brits. I though that only Israel got those and that the Brits flew the Linx.

Man, what a ride! Talk about holdin’ on for dear life!

You’re right, Jman, it is sad how our media ignore stories like this. If you’re interested in stories of heroism in the war on terror, check out the books “We Were One”, “Jawbreaker”,”Home of the Brave” and “The Blog of War”.

Tony737 on January 21, 2007 at 4:16 PM

It’s good to know we have such brave allies

Opinionnation on January 21, 2007 at 5:27 PM

I have spent enough time serving with Brits to not be surprised by this. I admire the heck out of them.

major john on January 21, 2007 at 7:37 PM

I’m sure that this example is only a glimpse of what happens in their world. While I sit in a safe, warm home listening to democrats rant, the real heroes do things beyond our imagination…and they do it for us.

hoosierken on January 21, 2007 at 8:21 PM

Her Majesty’s Jollies certainly have class and balls!

If any of OUR troops did that, it would probably be looked upon as some type of failure by our military, another example that we cannot win this war, receive negative press by the MSM, and God knows what else!

The False Dervish on January 21, 2007 at 8:45 PM

If only the British, EU and American majority of the populace would appreciate such valor and learn from it…if only…

Entelechy on January 21, 2007 at 11:26 PM

I didn’t know we sold Apaches to the Brits. I though that only Israel got those and that the Brits flew the Linx.

We dont. Specially not the Long Bow model. That there is a US Army AH-64D been flown by a US Army aviator. Talk about joint operations!

rarbolay on January 22, 2007 at 7:47 AM

The Brits have had the Apache for at least ten years. They’ve recently been upgraded to Longbows. There are about eight foreign countries that have the Apache now. Shoot, even Saudi has it.

We had a pilot go down during Desert Storm. An Apache swooped in and he climbed on the wing and they flew him out.

The Apache is an awe inspiring aircraft. I’m sure you’ve heard of the 400 Iraqi ground troops surrendering to a single Apache during Desert Storm.

We’re upgrading it again over the next few years to an even more fearsome fighter.

jdpaz on January 22, 2007 at 9:58 AM

Upon further review of the video it’s clear that this is indeed a UK Apache Longbow.

jdpaz on January 22, 2007 at 10:55 AM

Another act of bravery we will NEVER see our our treasonous MSM.

Timber Wolf on January 22, 2007 at 1:59 PM

I stand corrected. Upon further research, the brits have had long bow qualified pilots since 1999 and an operational squadron since 2003.

rarbolay on January 22, 2007 at 6:01 PM