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Old 02-27-2009, 02:20 PM   #1
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Had to post this. This is what it looks like outside right now in Al Asad, Iraq. There is nothing wrong with the camera. I'll be picking sand out of my ass for the next two weeks. Needless to say we aren't flying much today.

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Old 02-27-2009, 02:22 PM   #2
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Wow...I didn't know we had military bases on mars.

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What makes it looks red?

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Old 02-27-2009, 02:31 PM   #4
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What makes it looks red?
I think it's the color of the particular dust that's being blown around. A few hours ago it was more orange. The last few we've had were yellowish. It all depends on the direction of the wind and where the dust is coming from. Iraq has many levels of crapiness, depending on the day.
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the color of the dust storm is also dependent on the angle the sun is in relation to the viewer

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the color of the dust storm is also dependent on the angle the sun is in relation to the viewer
That makes alot more sense to me. Didnt even think about the refraction.
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Iraq has many levels of crapiness, depending on the day.

hahahaha, classic!
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Wow. For me it's kind of cool looking at it, but I can tell why it would suck.

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The biggest problem for us is that the V-22 is an incredibly avionics intensive aircraft. It is full of computers, electronics, wiring, circuit panels, etc. The dust gets into everything. Imagine leaving your laptop sitting outside in that for days on end, and then trying to run it. I look forward to strapping in tomorrow or whenever this clears out and dealing with all the gremlins that will pop up during the flight. It's a testament to the hard work of the maintainers that these things will even get off the ground.

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WOW that sucks. Defiantly no brewing outside there! What a wasteland.

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