The author of the below E-mail, Gerry Izzo, is currently a Captain at Comair.
flew one of the UH-60s on the mission that is depicted in the movie " Blackhawk Down."
The key points you will see that by not having light tracked AFVs organic to the 75th Ranger Regiment or a Ground Cavalry Squadron with the 160th SOAR, helicopters were tasked to continuously fly overhead giving fire support, which made them sitting ducks for enemy RPGs.
If the "time for helicopters had passed" as Captain Izzo
concludes at a key point in the mission, then its high time we actually LEARN from " Blackhawk Down!
instead of sobbing over the men lost...AND DO SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE SO NEXT TIME WE WIN WITHOUT LOSSES.
Capt. Gerry Izzo(Super 65)
"NSDQ" Nightstalkers Don't Quit