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Welshflyer
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Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 1:13 am 

I was looking through my old posts, i like this one!

Trying something different this time around, i'm going to try and do this in a sort of movie voice over narrative, so please read in an American accent, unless you're from the US, then read it in your own Very Happy !

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How did i get here? I've asked myself that same question a thousand times over, and i still don't know the answer!
I suppose it all started on a sunny Californian day, me and the guys just hanging out messing with the girls and then i spotted him.There was this Army recruiting guy, all dressed up in his dress blues, man he looked good,how many chicks could we get looking like that? So me and a couple of the guys went over just to check out what was going down. At the time i thought what he said made sense, why wait for the draft and become a grunt when i could enlist and become a grunt specialist and choose my own options. Weeell, it turns out he was a lying SOB, because when you enlist there are no options and you go where they want you to go.
Oooh, my test scores were good, so good, that they sent me to OCS,then to flight school, it was'nt so bad and i thought, hey, it's gotta be better than humping my way through some god forsaken jungle,waiting to be shot, or worse, having some snakes or some big exotic bug crawling up my a$*.
So that's how i found myself in Da Nang, getting on a C-123 for a short hop down to Chu Lai







As i got off the plane at Chu Lai i could only envy the guys waiting to get on, their tour finished, they were going home!


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Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 1:28 am 

Great theme Welshflyer, I'm looking forward to the next installment ... suppose they'll send you up in a Huey soon Kick
(Did you see the ships around the bay waiting for you to execute one of your precision landings on the deck?) Very Happy
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Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 1:30 am 

Anyway next morning after a lot of processing they told me there was a CH-47 waiting to take me to Duc Pho, the Sgt Major had a great sense of humour, he told me to have a nice day Lt, he pronounced it EL TEE. I felt like telling him to say it's LT, SIR, but as my fatigues were greener than the surrounding jungle i thought the better of it!
So after finding someone who could actually tell me where the helo was i climbed aboard.




The loadmaster was a real bundle of fun on the way down, he kept trying to cheer me up, "hey LT you're gonna love it here, we get to shoot loads of ammo and the smell of burning crap in the morning is a real treat to wake up to", i felt better already.





All too soon with a knot in my stomach we were landing at Duc Pho



This would be my home for the next 363 days. I hoped.
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Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 1:34 am 

Thanks Tailhook, i'm not sure how this sort of thing will go, but i'm giving it a try! Very Happy Oh and there's a Huey on the way along with a few others. Smile

PS This is your fault Very Happy , i'd been thinking of it before but the Bob Holland site made my mind up! Very Happy
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Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 2:05 am 

So, after a brief indoctrination, i was on the flight manifest, you see, my specialist class was, spotter. I was to fly around any contacts that the grunts had, and spot charlie, creeping up, hiding, setting up mortars or Arty that sort of thing!
Next morning was supposed to be an easy day, getting to know the base, how things worked and all that sh*^, but the duty pilot went "sick", he had 14 days left in country so it was down to me. Acontact with charlie had been reported and my brief was to fly over the area spot them, report it to the ground troops and send the co-ordinates to our Arty, don't fly too low and come back. So off i went, i got into my little cessna

Performed all necessary checks and took off




As i approached the designated area i dropped to a lower level and started scouting around

I was concentrating so much on getting it right, that i hardly noticed the hailstones pinging on the aircraft, it was only when i realised that it was a nice sunny day that i thought...SH$ that's not hailstones it's small arms fire, but by that time it was too late...

..my engine was coughing and spluttering but even worse was on Censored fire

so much went through my mind that i hardly knew what to do, but something registered so i shut down all systems and looked for somewhere to put it down



well, after all that there was nothing left to do but hold on and pray and hope those trees were softer than they looked

First mission and i was FUBAR!
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Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:37 am 

Where are the chicks Welsh??? You got me laughin' there with the smell of burning p**! Laughing Great shots, wonderful story. I belive Huey will come to your rescue! Very Happy
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Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:34 am 

These stories by Welshflyer are gonna be interesting Very Happy I can't wait Exclamation
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Posted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 12:48 am 

Thanks gents Very Happy , can't say on the Huey though!
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Posted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 1:09 am 

Weeell what can i say ? Those trees were just as hard as they looked, i guess i got out of it lightly, a few bruises here and there but, hey, it coulda been a lot worse! Of course, the plane was totalled, looks like i'd become an infantryman after all. I did a quick check on my escape and evade gear, but my main concern was charlie, they must've seen me come down and were probably homing right in on me, it was time to get outta dodge. I had a rough idea where they were so i headed in the opposite direction, i'd been running ,if you can call it that, for about twenty minutes when i heard it. Two engines, getting closer, Chu Lai had scrambled a Mohawk to spot the spotter, talk about irony..





.. as he circled overhead i switched on my emergency radio and gave him my co-ordinates..

.. apparantly charlie was closing in and i needed a head start, luckily for me a Marine Bronco was re- tasked to keep their heads down





..they had a full load of rockets in those pods and charlie was about to get the lot..

.. While the Bronco kept their heads down, the Mohawk driver said there was a river about 8 or 9 klicks to the West, i was to head there for extraction...jeez, all i wanted was a set of Dress Blues to impress the ladies..
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Posted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 1:28 am 

Welsh this is by far the BEST adventure you have written/showed us thus far!

I am riveted!!!
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Posted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 2:04 am 

Thanks very much bel Very Happy , it really is appreciated, i was'nt sure whether to do this one as i did'nt know how it would go down!
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Posted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 2:32 am 

Man what a night, the jungle ain't no place to be on your own! After a couple of hours humpin through the boonies i had to get some rest..rest... ha ..if only.., i found myself a nice hard spot next to some nice comfy rocks and settled down for some shuteye that never came. The sounds of a jungle at night don't compliment a good night sleep, every sqwauk, rustle of leaves or snap of a twig i thought was charlie creeping up on me, ready to slit my throat or worse, make me a POW and end up in the Hanoi Hilton or one of those river cages, tied up and at the mercy of all kinds of creatures in the water. So needless to say i was eager to make the river and the pick up, i was hungry and thirsty, i had'nt had anything to eat or drink for twelve hours now.
So just after dawn i reached the river and waited for the helo, imagine my suprise when not a helo turned up but a PBR (Patrol Boat River), all the helos were busy elsewhere, i was greeted with a " hey, Jimmy Billy Bob, that Army puke is here". I think the reply was "How many times i gotta tell ya to call me petty officer, and my name ain't Jimmy Billy Bob", the instigator gave me a wink and said he hates it when i call him that. Thank god for the Navy!

As soon as i was on board we backed out

and headed up river

After a couple of miles it was a case of "sorry LT, this is as far as we go,keep your head down, looks like things are getting nasty"

So i said so long to the Navy, and looked for something friendly...anything friendly...
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Posted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 11:38 am 

OMG nice twist!!! You ever see Apocalypse Now?
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Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 10:06 pm 

belgeode wrote:
OMG nice twist!!! You ever see Apocalypse Now?

You mean the Grandaddy of all Vietnam movies...unmissable! Very Happy
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Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 10:31 pm 

Well it was'nt too long before i found someone friendly, it turned out a bunch of recon marines were on the spot, that's why the PBR had dropped me off..i was to extract with them. The problem was they had run into a division of NVA regulars..that's why things were turning nasty.
They were dug in at some treeline and were in danger of being overrun, i just kept my head down and prayed. I could hear the RT operator calling for Air Support, i recall him saying "SIR, there's a skyraider inbound where do you want him to put it?"
"On those Censored rs shooting at us would be nice,if he can manage it!" seems he still had a sense of humour.
We heard the engine inbound and managed to watch through the blades of grass at eye level



Ordanance expended he was cleared off target and outta there

That bought us a few minutes but we needed more, it seems someone had already figured that out, there was an A-6 inbound that had been launched from a carrier offshore




It was'nt long before he reported "feet dry"

before too long we heard the sound of a jet approaching, we could'nt believe our eyes as those Navy jocks just ignored the flack as they screamed in




I remember someone shouting "Get your Censored ing heads down,this is gonna be close!"

It was, all too soon he was gone...

I wished i was somewhere else....
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Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 10:49 pm 

After all the help from the Skyraider and the A-6 the extraction helo had launched from Duc Pho....




...soon we heard the whump whump whump of an inbound huey, man it was the best sound in the world

What the guys onboard thought when they saw where they were gonna land is another matter.....


...but they kept on coming..




...i remember hearing the helo pilot telling the unit to pop smoke so he could get as near to us as he could..


..He put it down right on the money..

... as soon as he touched we were up and running, it was as we reached the skid that i felt the thump in the stomach and all the air was knocked out of me and i fell to my knees,two grunts grabbed me under the arms and dragged me aboard.....


..as we exited the area it was like i was looking through a tunnel and i could hear someone shouting for a medic..


..my stomach felt sticky..



..just before we landed at Duc Pho everything went dark..


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Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 10:54 pm 

Clapping Great stories WF Exclamation
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Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 10:57 pm 

The next thing i knew i was onboard a C-130 and going home









You see... i get to to wear my Dress Blues after all....

.......They're going to bury me in them!

Dedicated to all who served in Vietnam!
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Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 11:01 pm 

Great ending to the stories Very Happy
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Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 1:02 am 

Outstanding Welshflyer Clapping Clapping Clapping Clapping Clapping Clapping

Who would wanna fly a 747 after having witnessed this?
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Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 1:09 am 

Tailhook wrote:
Outstanding Welshflyer Clapping Clapping Clapping Clapping Clapping Clapping

Who would wanna fly a 747 after having witnessed this?


Me Exclamation Very Happy
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Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 1:55 am 

Cheeks wrote:
Tailhook wrote:
Outstanding Welshflyer Clapping Clapping Clapping Clapping Clapping Clapping

Who would wanna fly a 747 after having witnessed this?


Me Exclamation Very Happy


Haha.. Charlie wouldn't even need a gun sight to blow you out of the sky Tongue
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Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 2:08 am 

Oooh it is getting tense there!!! BRAVO Welsh for keeping me riveted to my seat!!!

MORE MORE!!!



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Man that was insane... My hat is off to you Welsh for a superb tale... tragic though it may be, well worth the telling!

Purple heart for the man above.
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Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 2:09 am 

Thanks cheeks Tailhook and bel it really is appreciated, none of these shots have been edited they are all taken with available FS9 downloads! Even the PBR Very Happy .
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Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 8:50 am 

Fellow simmers I find it extremely depressing that this extraordinary collage doesn't receive the attention and the compliments it deserves. Are we taking the efforts of our master story teller already for granted? Do we find this series 'boring' because of the lack of fixed wing aircraft?

Usually there are questions such as... where did you get the scenery... or where can I get the aircraft etc.
How many of us appreciate the time and effort that these screenshot series require?
Right, now that I've said my piece, I think I'll go and eat worms... but before I do, Welshflyer should you head back this way, I for one would love to know where you got the textures for the C-130 -- in my mind possibly the nicest I've seen. Surprised Radar
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Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 12:26 pm 

Welsh already knows he trumps me when it comes to storytelling... He is the OFFICIAL master.

If there was a contest for best story of 2007, I vote this one.

An even better read the second time around!
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Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 12:51 am 

belgeode wrote:
Welsh already knows he trumps me when it comes to storytelling... He is the OFFICIAL master.

If there was a contest for best story of 2007, I vote this one.

An even better read the second time around!


I know you appreciate Welshflyer's efforts Bel, I'm having a dig at those who are trying to outdo each other in the screenshot competitions yet can't even be bothered to read the rules.
Frankly, some of the offerings for the screenshot competition are simply pathetic. A little bit of preparation such as studying the captures by Welshflyer and a few others could turn the competition into something other than a farce.
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Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 1:55 am 

Tailhook, thank you very much for your kind comments, coming from one of the originals of this site you don't know how much that means to me Very Happy and bel your kind comments also really mean a lot Very Happy , coming from two highly respected and experienced simmers i can think of no higher accolade!
I know that threads don't get the views they used to in the past and that along with you, probably VegasFlyer,Cheeks and Spiderwings actually complete viewing the whole thread. The thing is i really enjoy doing it and if only the five of you get to enjoy it then that's good enough for me,forgive me if i've missed some others out here because others do post some very kind comments.
The only way i've been able to do this is with some fantastic help from people like Tailhook who nursed me through the whole carrier thing without a single complaint and many others who have now left this site. I started here as a guest and due to the friendliness of this site i opted to join and never looked back, people may have left due to a certain saga but in all honesty this is the site i call home for FS. So if only certain people view my threads then they are the only ones that count, but i will always try to help those that are taking their first steps into FS as i was helped here!
Tailhook the textures for the C-130 are here http://www.simviation.com/fs2004military134.htm 7th down for the Simshed C-130.
As for being a master storyteller,well, bel you tell a pretty good story yourself Very Happy Steeler Air never failed to make me smile!
Thank you very much gentlemen and a Happy New Year Very Happy ! Embarassed
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Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 2:18 am 

Happy New Year to all... and hoping 2008 is filled with excellent stories.
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Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 6:05 am 

WelshFlyer, whenever I see something by you in the screenshot forums, I always go STRAIGHT to it. You're the story king on this site as Bel said and everything Tailhook said was so true. Your stories are VERY fascinating and entertaining to read, and you have an awesome sense of humour. That being said, I applause you Welshflyer Group Wave

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