Like the appendix, it once had a function that was vital. Over time, however, that purpose has been shuffled to other pieces of equipment. It remains but it's original function has been long forgotten.
If they were giving them away cheap, I'd definitely pick up one. Imagine the fireworks show you could put on by filling launcher tubes with roman candles and mortar fireworks for new years and independence day.
>>27569956 My dad was actually one during the 1990s. He never was deployed when he was, and actually was stationed in Germany, near the Fulda Gap, and part of the border patrol for awhile. As a result, he doesnt have many crazy stories, besides in Korea when an Westpoint Lt. fucked up.
The Kiowa, through over 2 million flight hours and over 800,000 combat flight hours, provided the guys on the ground with a safe ride home for many a year. It's sad to see them go, honestly. The Apache is great and all, but it sucks as a recon bird. Too expensive and too much maintenance. The Army obviously had no fucking clue what to do until they find a replacement when they double-tasked an attack platform like that.
>>27569895 They are absolutely batshit insane. But they're some of the best people to walk this earth. I wouldn't trade a Kiowa pilot for 50 Apache pilots.
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