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Iraqi Pilot Returns - Story
By U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Frost
KIRKUK, Iraq – By age 15, his destiny was already set by Saddam Hussein’s regime – he was to become a fighter pilot, a necessity in the bloody war with Iran. He took the controls of a Bravo, a single engine, propeller-driven training aircraft, and performed his first solo flight before most Americans could even drive.
Today, Iraqi Air Force Maj. Abbas, his name changed in this story for security reasons, serves once again in the Iraqi Air Force, but he’s no longer asked to fly for the dictator but to fly for his country.
Abbas is an instructor pilot with the Iraqi Flying Training School in Kirkuk, Iraq, where he teaches initial pilot training to future Iraqi pilots. Like many instructor pilots who have returned to the school to teach, he was a fighter pilot under Hussein’s regime with a great deal of experience and training.
“My education was only for flying,” said Abbas, while he kept watch over a pitche
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The Patron Saint of Lost Causes
Artist | Photography
United States
Current Residence: International Zone, Baghdad
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Print preference: Color
Favourite genre of music: Punk / Rock
Favourite photographer: The guy from Reuters who Photoshops all his pictures
Favourite style of art: Photojournalism, portraits
Operating System: Vista / XP on my laptop
MP3 player of choice: Zune
Shell of choice: DOS - Old School
Wallpaper of choice: Boring blue.
Skin of choice: Boring.
Favourite cartoon character: Hand Banana, Frylock, Shake, Meatwad
Personal Quote: The thing is, Bob, it's not that I'm lazy, it's that I just don't care.
  • Listening to: 311 - Creatures
  • Reading: umm... 600+ messages
  • Watching: Season 1 of Heroes -- I'm almost done..
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  • Eating: a ton of almonds
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Thanks for the fav, I love you all. I'd like to get through these messages sometime tonight, though, so I'm going to start skipping the social norm of DA and do a mass thank you to everyone who helped boost my ego in the last 24 hours .... If you befriended me, you shall be befriended. If you'd like to talk -- comment on something or leave a note.

If I had more than an hour a day to go through this stuff I would probably be in a better position, but such is life.


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AcTaYlOrR Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017
NetherHeartz Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Poppln Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rest in peace, thank you for being there when you where, I hope you live on in many peoples hearts and are in a happy place.

Thank you.

Rose Rose Rose Rose Rose Rose Rose Rose Rose Rose Rose 
Rockin-Anime Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for protecting our country. I hope the angels are treating you well. :rose: 
shifter124 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.I salute you! 
NikTiberius Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Has it really been this long? You were a good man with a good heart..
Ranokin Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
I don't even know why I keep coming back to this page after six years. I don't even know you.

I hope you're enjoying your rest.
Chiminix Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Snivyguy80 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your bravery and courage to help the people in Iraq. You will be missed my friend. =(
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