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The Caw: Black Hawk Helicopter Lands On Ravens Practice Fields

Posted Dec 13, 2012

OLB Paul Kruger went for a ride in an Army helicopter Tuesday afternoon.

It’s not every day that you see a Black Hawk helicopter land on the Ravens practice fields.

So when Paul Kruger heard about it while in for a lift Tuesday, he knew he had to get onboard.

“I heard they were taking people for rides, so I was begging everybody to see if I could get on the list,” Kruger said.

The Ravens have a business partnership with the Maryland National Guard, who is this Sunday's gameday sponsor. The Maryland National Guard was looking to do some creative marketing, so it offered rides to a couple Ravens and 98Rock staffers to drum up excitement and help in recruiting.

While I don’t think any Ravens will be joining the forces any time soon, it definitely was pretty darn cool.

“It was amazing, man,” Kruger said. “I’ve never been in any other aircraft besides a big commercial plane. It’ll always be an experience I remember.”

I was sitting at my desk when I heard the thing land on the practice fields. I ran out and walked up to the helicopter, under the whizzing blades and sat inside. It’s crazy how loud and powerful it is up close.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to convince them that I’m a Ravens punter or kicker, so I got booted off the chopper.

But I did get to stand nearby as it took off, which was awesome. When the black hawk gets even a foot off the ground, a wave of air pushes you backwards.

The mini tours went over M&T Bank Stadium and the Inner Harbor, and gave an aerial view of the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Md. It reached 190 mph on its way back to the facility.

“We got from the stadium to here in like five minutes,” Kruger said. “It was crazy.”

It’s times like these that make you especially thankful that you work for the Ravens, and that the team has such a great relationship with the armed forces.”

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