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Photo of Chopper Landing on Rooftop in Afghanistan

by Brett M. Christensen

Photograph circulating via email depicts a military helicopter performing a spectacular partial landing on a rooftop.

Genuine Photograph – Minor inaccuracy in email description

Subject: Hello Pilot.

Take a look at this

If you don’t think our military pilots earn their pay … you need to take a look at this picture … and then look again and realize what you’re seeing .
Chopper on rooftop

(U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Greg Heath, 4th Public Affairs Detachment)

This photo was taken by a soldier in Afghanistan of a helo rescue mission. The pilot is a PA Guard guy who flies EMS choppers in civilian life. Now how many people on the planet you reckon could set the ass end of a chopper down on the roof top of a shack on a steep mountain cliff and hold it there while soldiers load wounded men in the rear.If this does not impress you … nothing ever will. Gives me the chills and a serious case of the vertigo … I can’t even imagine having the nerve … much less the talent and ability … God Bless our military!!!

Detailed Analysis:
This photograph of an amazing rooftop helicopter landing in Afghanistan has been making its way around the Internet for several years. The photograph is genuine and depicts a landing by pilot Larry Murphy during a 2003 operation in Afghanistan. A February 2004 article on EMS House of DeFrance notes:

Keystone Helicopter, an industry leader in helicopter services for 50 years, gave special recognition last week to pilot Larry Murphy for his recent skillful rooftop landing of his CH-47 helicopter to pick up Afghan Persons Under Custody during Operation Mountain Resolve in Afghanistan’s Nuristan Province. Murphy, a 10-year Keystone Helicopter EMS pilot at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is currently on active duty with Company G, 104th Aviation Regiment

The information is also confirmed by an article on the Defend America News website that includes a different view of the rooftop landing with the following caption:

A CH-47 Chinook lowers onto a roof to receive Afghan Persons Under Control taken by 10th Mountain Division soldiers during Operation Mountain Resolve. The operation, which began on Nov. 7, is currently taking place in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar and Nuristan Provinces.

While the photograph itself is completely genuine, there is a minor inaccuracy in the description that generally accompanies it. The landing was not a rescue mission to pick up wounded soldiers. Rather, the purpose of the mission was to pick up “Persons under control” captured during the operation.

Last updated: 16th October 2006
First published: 16th October 2006
By Brett M. Christensen
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