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- From: Lafayette, LA
Posted by Melgyver
on Sunday, December 02, 2012 11:31 AM
From the stories my fellow 174th AHC Shark gunship crew members tell, you would have had to use up fuel and or expend enough ordinance equaling the weight of the five grunts you were going to pick up. What the manuals say and reality in 110 degree high humidity and maybe a higher altitude with an over worked engine was 19 different things! Now if you had -13 engine which made it a "Mike" model you would have more wiggle room but still couldn't do it max fuel and ammo. Of course in the heat of combat, with a lot of luck, skill, and the grace of God some remarkable feats have been accomplished!