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Apache pilot reaches 5,000 flying hours

September 19, 2011

An Army Air Corps (AAC) Apache pilot with 20 years flying experience has clocked up his 5,000th hour in the air while currently deployed to Afghanistan.

Captain Antony 'Thomo' Thompson stands on the Tarmac in front of his Apache helicopter

Captain Antony 'Thomo' Thompson stands on the Tarmac in front of his Apache helicopter. Picture: Sergeant Alison Baskerville, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

Captain Antony (Capt) ‘Thomo’ Thompson is coming to the end of an intense, five-month deployment to Afghanistan. Spending up to eight hours a day in the cockpit of his attack helicopter, Capt Thompson and his fellow crew members have been protecting the men and women deployed out on the ground across Helmand province.

Capt Thompson joined the military at the age of 17, recruited into the Royal Signals having left school with few qualifications. He said:

“The Army gave me a chance and everything I had done before that point did not matter anymore. I had a fresh start.”

Continues at: mod.uk – Apache pilot reaches 5,000 flying hours

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  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    September 19, 2011 20:48

    Honor and thanks to Captain Antony Thomo’Thompson and his crew members fot heir duty of protection of men and women deploye don the ground.
    They gave reach a record, a human record.
    Thanks again Claudio Alpaca

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