I arrived at Camp Victory, Baghdad, about two weeks ago. One of the fascinating things about this place is the variety of aircraft out and about. I flew in from Kuwait in a C-130 and an AN-74 taxied up next to us on the ramp. As bizarre as that thing looks on the ground, I think its the oddest-looking thing Ive ever seen in the air. Its been weird to see MI24s and MI8s running loose and us not shooting at them. Then again, that wasnt nearly as strange as standing next to a Ukrainian officer at the pee trough and fighting the feeling I should bash his face into the wall, elbow him in the kidneys and stomp on his head when he collapses to the floor. ;-) The spooks fly some awfully conspicuous iron. Theres a couple of MD530s with slick paint jobs that always fly in tandem, and usually with door gunners; they couldnt be anything else. And a single 412 thats most likely spook operated. Those are the only slick copters Ive seen. The army guys definitely fly em like they stole em. Its normal to see Blackhawks overfly tent city about 100 AGL and way the hell over 120 kts. And theres something I can hear just about every night flying over tent city. It's definitely a propeller driven recip, and the power setting never changes. I think its a UAV but Ive never seen it. I do know our guardian angels include UAVs (and 2-3 aerostats). I left my camera gear because I came packed light, thinking I was going to be moving fast and living in some Bedouins tent. Turns out Im living uptown and working in a palace. Anyway, as soon as all my gear catches up, Ill post some pics.