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Check out this video of a paratrooper using reserve parachute to save his life during NATO airdrop

The paratrooper manages to open the reserve parachute shortly before hitting the ground.

This video was filmed during the Anakonda-16 exercise in Poland. It shows a Polish paratrooper reacting to a problem with his parachute after a jump from 400-500 mt from a C-130 Hercules: the main chute fails and the Polish Army paratrooper has to deploy the reserve canopy that saves his life.

The mishap occurred during an airdrop operation that involved U.S. paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division, British soldiers from the 16th Assault Brigade and Polish Army military from the 6th Airborne Brigade who jumped over Torun, to simulate the take over of a bridge over the Vistula river.

H/T to KaBe. for sending this over to us

Record formation of 30 U.S. Army’s Kiowa helicopters performs farewell flight over Fort Bragg

U.S. Army Bell OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopters performed their final US training flight.

On Apr. 15, a formation made by 30 OH-58 Kiowa Warriors from 1-17 CAV, part of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, took to the skies of Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, North Carolina, for a farewell flight over the base and the local community for the years of support.

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The unique formation marked the final U.S. training flight for the armed reconnaissance helicopters as the last Kiowa squadron in mainland America prepares to deploy to South Korea to join the only remaining OH-58 unit outside the U.S.: after the 9-month rotation in South Korea the squadron will return stateside and adopt other aircraft, both manned and unmanned.

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The Kiowa Warrior, is the armed version of the Kiowa, employed by the U.S. Army from 1969. The new variant, that embedded new systems and weapons pod, were inducted into active service beginning in 1987.

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Since then, the OH-58s have flown in the Persian Gulf as well as in Afghanistan, conducting scout and light assault missions in a configuration that included a mix of Hellfire missiles, rocket launchers, machine guns and  Stinger missiles.

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Image credit: 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade


Here’s what jumping from a C-130 with the 82nd Airborne Division looks like

Paratrooper Point Of View

Ever wondered what it looks like to jump from a U.S. Air Force C-130 with the 82nd Airborne Division?

The following stunning footage, posted by the 82nd Airborne Division, provides a hint.

Based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the 82nd Airborne Division is a U.S. Army airborne infantry division specializing in parachute assault operations into denied areas.

H/T to John Gresham for the heads-up

Airborne Assault (how it looks like if you are not wearing Night Vision Goggles)

Pilots routinely wear Night Vision Goggles that can virtually turn night into day (more or less…).

But even soldiers and Special Operations teams use them (U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6 team wore NVGs during the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden).

Top image shows paratroopers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, conducting an airborne assault during Field Training Exercise (FTX), at Ft. Bragg, N.C., on Oct. 22, 2013.

The exercise simulates the execution of a large-scale forcible entry into a hostile area; securing sufficient freedom of movement while facing the anti-access and area-denial capabilities of our enemy.

The photograph shows the warfighters parachuting on a field to set up a camp and how it would look like if you were not wearing any Night Vision device.

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

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Awesome, surreal footage: C-17 heavy cargo pallets airdrop through the NVG imagery

The following video shows three heavy cargo pallets being dropped from a C-17 Globemaster in support of ground operations during Joint Operational Access Exercise 13-3.

JOAX is a seven-day integrated exercise between the 82nd Airborne Division and its Air Force partners whose aim is to improve planning and execution of a large-scale forcible entry into a hostile area; securing sufficient freedom of movement while facing anti-access and area-denial capabilities of our enemy.

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