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I can state definitively that any US AH-64 D/E pilot would consider the idea insane and I suspect that applies to most Chinook, Blackhawk and Little Bird pilots as well. Carrying live grenades, however secure, in cramped areas is a bad idea. There is a M-4 in an Apache cockpit in addition to personal 9mm pistols but I am told a) absent a soft landing, it is a good chance the M-4 gets broken/bent and b) ammunition is limited and frankly, pilots are generally poor infantry.

It has been 46 years but I never saw a USAF pilot with a grenade during a year on various airbases in SEA during 71-72. Maybe some Air America/CIA/Raven types but they could be a bit eccentric.



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