2008 Photo Contest Winners

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1st Place – “Not Quite a Winchester” by Collin F. Magonigal
U.S. Army Aviation Technical Test Center, Fort Rucker, Ala.

Oct. 21, 2008; Fort Rucker, Ala.

An OH-58D Kiowa Warrior conducts live-fire testing of the M-134 mini-gun at Matteson Aerial Gunnery Range to determine the weapon’s compatibility for possible use with the aircraft

2nd Place – “Formation Flying” by Sean F. Entrekin

U.S. Army Aviation Technical Test Center, Fort Rucker, Ala.

Aug. 29, 2008; Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz.

A Yuma Test Center jumper appears to be flying in formation with a UH-72A Lakota helicopter after exiting the aircraft.


3rd Place – “Flying VFR on Top” by CPT Eric R. Fritz

Co. B, 3rd Bn., 126th Avn. Regt., Rochester, N.Y.

April 5, 2008; Kwost, Afghanistan

Instead of trying to navigate through cloud covered valleys, a CH47D Chinook flies by visual flight rules (VFR) over the clouds back to Forward Operating Base Salerno following a resupply mission.


4th Place – “Fireworks in the Sky” by CPT Daphanie R. Davis

HHC, 4th Cbt. Avn. Bde., Fort Hood, Texas

Nov. 13, 2008; over Baghdad, Iraq

Two aviation Soldiers sitting on the lower ramp of a CH-47F Chinook are silhouetted by flares that have been activated by the aircraft’s defensive countermeasures system during a combat resupply mission.


Honorable Mention – “Easy Money” by CW4 Rick E. Dillenbeck

Co. C, 2nd Bn., 149th Avn. Regt., San Antonio, Texas

Sept. 13, 2008; Crystal Beach, Texas.

San Antonio Fire Department rescue swimmer Ricky Baring, left, helps bring up a victim of Hurricane Ike off a house in a flooded neighborhood by hoist into a National Guard HH-60 medevac helicopter.


Honorable Mention – “Foggy Night in Iraq” by CW2 Mitchell J. Wiese

Co. C, 2nd Bn., 10th Avn. Regt., Fort Drum, N.Y.

Dec. 1, 2008; Contingency Operations Base Speicher, Iraq.

A UH-60 Black Hawk on the flight line is cloaked by a very strange night time fog in the desert of Iraq.


Honorable Mention – “Brand New Chinook” by Nick Van Valkenburgh

Cargo Helicopters Project Manager’s Office, Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

April 10, 2008; National Harbor, Md.

A new CH-47F Chinook climbs up into blue skies as it departs from a convention center after being on exhibit during the 2008 AAAA National Convention.


Honorable Mention – “Apache Block III Takes Flight” by Collin F. Magonigal

U.S. Army Aviation Technical Test Center, Fort Rucker, Ala.

July 9, 2008; Mesa, Ariz.

The Army conducted its first flight of new AH-64D Block III Apache Longbow at the Boeing Company’s facility in Arizona, here piloted by GEN Richard A. Cody, front seat, and CW5 Rucie J. Moore.


Honorable Mention – “A Hunter Over the Desert” by Richard S. Gill
Northrop Grumman Technical Services, Herndon, Va.

Nov. 5, 2008; Sierra Vista, Ariz.

A MQ-5B Hunter unmanned aircraft participates in a test flight over the desert of Arizona during engineering trials.



Honorable Mention – “Final Preparations” by Cadet Garet R. Cooper

HHC, 1st Bn., 211th Avn. Regt., West Jordan, Utah

Aug. 18, 2008; Dugway, Utah.

A crew chief stands by to assist, as the pilots of an AH-64A Apache attack helicopter review their checklist for aircraft engine start during annual training.



Honorable Mention – “Over the Alps” by CW2 Seth A. Mendel

Co. C, 1st Bn., 189th Avn. Regt., Rapid City, S.D.

June 18, 2008; In the Italian Alps.

A formation of South Dakota Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters traverse the Alps during their deployment, via Germany, to Kosovo; ever vigilant to the presence of menacing clouds.


Honorable Mention – “Dusty Troop Formation” by CW3 Kyle R. Sylvester

Troop B, 3rd Sqdn., 17th Cav. Regt., Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

June 30, 2008; Baghdad International Airport, Iraq

A dust storm could not stop an end-of-tour awards ceremony for a troop of air cavalry warriors serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.