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Airboats in Iraq

Postby Airboatcapt2 » Fri Mar 31, 2006 10:40 am

Our Buddy Brian is headed to Iraq tomorrow to train the U.S. soldiers and the iraqi's how to run airboats. He promised to take some pictures for us, so as soon as I get them I will share.
Have fun Brian, I can't wait to hear about the fun you are going to have.
Be safe!!!
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Postby SwampMatt » Fri Mar 31, 2006 11:28 am

Do you mean bigkavr? The Ohio Brian?

Godspeed Brian. Stay safe and HAVE SOME FUN! Teach 'em well.

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Postby Airboatcapt2 » Fri Mar 31, 2006 11:37 am

Thats him. Bigkavr in Ohio. He is a super cool guy. We really have to get him down here on some of our runs.
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Postby JL242 » Fri Mar 31, 2006 12:04 pm

What do they do with the Airboats in Iraq??

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Postby big feather » Fri Mar 31, 2006 12:24 pm

Faron, are those the 454 powered boats? What prop did you put on 'em?

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Postby Airboatcapt2 » Fri Mar 31, 2006 12:34 pm

The Boats will be used for patroling swamps in the south east corner of Iraq I think it is called the Malaysian swamp *spelling error*

We went with 3 blade whirl wind stump pullers 78"

I will have alot more information in a couple weeks when Brian gets back.
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Postby Airboatcapt2 » Fri Mar 31, 2006 12:36 pm

Here is a picture taken during the test run, you can see the prop better!


http://www.southernairboat.com/photopos ... ppuser/166[/img]
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Postby big feather » Fri Mar 31, 2006 12:56 pm

Sweet 8) . Is that a machinegun mount stickin' up on the foredeck?
They definitely look 'up to the job' ...... Congratulations!

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Postby SwampMatt » Fri Mar 31, 2006 1:09 pm

big feather wrote: Is that a machinegun mount stickin' up on the foredeck?


Zoom in. It's on the side of the boat, next to the seat.

Looks more like a fishing rod holder :lol: LOL

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Postby big feather » Fri Mar 31, 2006 1:11 pm

I believe you're right, Matt ..... do they have Redfish in Iraq ? :lol:

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Postby Airboatcapt2 » Fri Mar 31, 2006 1:44 pm

I have no Idea what you guys are looking at. LOL
There is no fishing rod holders on these boats and they are going to do their own gun mounts. They didn't give me a lot of details, but these are a test. I assume they will be ordering more as soon as they see these in action.
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Postby big feather » Fri Mar 31, 2006 1:54 pm

We're messin' with ya', man. BTW, the boat you have in the classified on here? I don't think the ad says how big it is ..... looks to be about 16'.

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Postby Airboatcapt2 » Fri Mar 31, 2006 1:58 pm

I miss read the post, I hope they do mount some crazy guns on these boats!!! Missle Launchers
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Postby big feather » Fri Mar 31, 2006 2:03 pm

Big ones. Git r'done 8) .

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Postby Airboatcapt2 » Fri Mar 31, 2006 2:08 pm

Thanks, I went and added more pictures to one and added the legnth. It is an 18ft Boat. You were close.
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Postby Whitebear » Fri Mar 31, 2006 9:14 pm

Faron I guess I missed it somewhere in this or the other posts about these boats. Who bought them Army, MC, USN etc? I may get a chance to take alook when I get back here. For now I'm outa here for some Florida vacation on Wed. night.

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Postby Valigator » Sat Apr 01, 2006 7:19 pm

Whitebear, just visited your website, the "solutions" knocked me off the chair, loved it....
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Postby Whitebear » Sat Apr 01, 2006 11:32 pm

Maybe these airboats with gunmounts are for those who use such as this !

http://www.ursinecom.com/gallery/view_p ... d=tali_ban

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Postby Valigator » Sun Apr 02, 2006 9:42 am

Now I know I am just a girl, but what kind of mounts would one use? 50 calibur? What would that do to the weight up front? Would it be a one man set up? Seems like at least two ...I know they can build some pretty big airboats, but the weight just came to mind and proportioning it...what material would they use for the hull????
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Postby Whitebear » Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:45 pm

Val there are a LOT of options in todays military.

They could mount a singoe or twin .50 cal. Limitation here would be how much ammo they carry.

They could mount miniguns, but then they have the same weight problem with ammo.

Several 2.5 inch rockets would be lighter and simpler of they can figure a way to not fry the operator and passengers.

There atre 7.62mm SAW weapons

A host of toy gunlets in 5.56..

And likely 25 other things I havent thought of yet.

IM pretty sure guessing that American AB used aluminum for the hulls in these.

I've never seen a balanced military vehicle yet so I doubt if these will end up being any exception.

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Postby duckluv26 » Mon Apr 03, 2006 11:01 am

the thing they need to worry about is shell casings flying back into the prop. 1000 brass casings vs. composite at 2500 rpms might get a little nasty!!!!!

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Postby Whitebear » Mon Apr 03, 2006 11:45 am

Tahts fur sure Duck, they would have to use case catchers for sure. I cant imagine a double hand full of .50 cases in the prop. Wood or plastic !

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Postby nebraskaairboater » Tue Apr 04, 2006 3:22 pm

My cousin is stationed in Bagdad Iraq. I sent him an e-mail just to catch up and I happend to mention that I heard some airboats were over there. I just got an e-mail from him and thought I'd post some of the message here.

As far as the airboats here in Iraq, you better belive it. We conduct operations along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers to find weapons caches and what not. Additionally, there are so many canals that terrorits use too. I haven't had the chance and don't think I will, but yea we do have them, only they usually come with a mounted 240B crew served weapon.


Just thought everyone might want to know that airboats are helping to protect our country and a little of how they are used.

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