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Cutting a Landing Zone under Fire

Short | 03:23

Slicing through a canopy of bamboo, two pilots make a dangerous attempt to cut their own landing zone in order to save soldiers under fire.

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Pilot Tom Baca was days from finishing his tour of duty when he began a simple assignment: transport a staff chaplain to Easter Services via an unarmed Bell UH-1 helicopter. But then the distress call came. 100 soldiers had been ambushed, with enemy troops closing in from all sides. Relive the harrowing rescue that followed, as we detail how Baca and his team relied on wits, bravery and every ounce of The Huey's muscle to pull off an incredible rescue. The odds were stacked against them, but leaving their comrades behind was not an option.

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