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Walter White With An Apache? Cranston Visits US Army Aviation Troops In Germany

By Dan Parsons | June 15, 2018

First Lt. Brandon Clayton, an AH-64 Apache pilot with the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, talks to actor Bryan Cranston during his visit to Ansbach, Germany, July 24, 2017.

Imagine the destructive power of merciless drug kingpin Walter White at the controls of an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter or how much methamphetamine the star of AMC’s Breaking Bad could have shipped over the border with a UH-60 Black Hawk.

Not a pretty picture, but one actor Bryan Cranston could not avoid during a recent USO tour of Europe. Cranston made a surprise visit last year to U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, Germany July 24. During the visit he spoke with troops at Ansbach Army Health Clinic and soldiers of the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade at Katterbach Army Airfield. Later in the day, he did the same with Soldiers of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade at Illesheim Army Airfield.

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One of Cranston's last stops was to the flight simulator facility at Storck Barracks, where he took the controls of a UH-60 Black Hawk simulator. Flight Instructor Wendall "Spike" Condon had Cranston fly through heavy fog and handle a double engine failure.

Condon also asked Cranston to try landing the aircraft on a Navy frigate: "A frigate?" Cranston asked. "You gotta be frigate kidding me!"

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