Hilarious: This Dutch Chinook had a bird strike over Afghanistan. That caused a clear visible dent in the black radome. The little damaged and robust built Chinook could continue its flight. Later during my deployment to Kandahar, I told this story to an F-16 pilot on QRA duty. With a complete astonished but spontaneous look he said: "Huh, how's that possible?? Birds can only hit the rear of a Chinook in flight!!". On the picture, the concerning H-47 is seen over one of the few lakes in Kandahar province. Chinooks stole my heart during the deployment. So versatile and such a dangerous mission!
Flying from Kandahar Air Field to Tarin Kowt (Uruzgan) over war-torn Afghanistan during a deployment in 2008. 298sq was then assigned to the 1(NLD)ATF ISAF that stands for (1st (Neterherlands) Air Task Force International Security Assistance Force that was operating from Kandahar.