Techniques That Work

First, it's most effective for the pilot and shooter to sit tandem, that is, the shooter behind the pilot. Why? That way both can look out the same side of the aircraft at the same general view of the target area, which simplifies communications and target descriptions.

As the shooter, you'll find more stability by being seated, but a tether offers more freedom of movement than a seatbelt. Do not use the airframe to steady your rifle since any direct contact will convey vibration. Instead, cushion it with your body or, as shown in the photo on page 258, rig suspension line or cargo straps for support.

As you near the target and the helicopter flares up to decelerate and then hover, it's critical for the aircrew to stay off the intercom so you can speak directly to the pilot—not through a crewchief or your spotter. Heeding your every call for an angle change, position adjustment, or other movement, the pilot and you work as a team. The most effective relationship is like that of a World War II bombardier who directed the pilot where to fly the plane during those crucial moments as he lined things up in the bombsight. You are thai bombardier, looking through the bombsight. He is the aircraft commander, but he must realize that only by flying exacdy the angles

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