Fire Aviation

Photos of northern California firefighting aircraft, part 2

Smokejumper aircraft, Short Bros SD3-60 Sherpa, N145Z Dylan Phelps sent us these photos that he…

Excellent video of DC-10 dropping through smoke

DC-10 dropping on the Almeda Fire, September 8, 2020. Screenshot from the Lorne Julien video.…

Russian plane transports three fire engines from New Jersey to California

September 13, 2020 | 9:05 a.m. PDT An Antonov-124-100 transported three New Jersey fire engines…

Teen firefighting pilot flies Blackhawks and Chinooks

Ashli Blain, screenshot from KECI video. Ashli Blain, a 19-year old college student, recently went…

Photos of air tankers attacking fire one mile from air tanker base

Tanker 103, (an MD-87, N293EA) drops on a fire west of the Medford, OR airport…

Lockheed L-188 air tanker strikes tree while dropping retardant

File photo of a generic Lockheed L-188 (not an air tanker). A four-engine air tanker,…

Conair installs glass flight decks on their air attack aircraft

From Conair Group: Conair Group Inc. Completes Three Extensive Turbo Commander Avionics Installations The project…

Kaman Aerospace orders mandatory inspection of K-MAX helicopters

A K-MAX helicopter working the Myrtle Fire in South Dakota, July 19, 2012. Photo by…

Summarizing the aerial firefighter line of duty deaths during a recent 49-day period

If you are like me it seems like there have been a lot of deaths…

Ride with the pilots as C-130 aircraft drop retardant on fires

Screenshot from MAFFS cockpit video below, California, August 22, 2020. Fred Johnson of Airailimages let…

Pilot killed in helicopter accident while battling Oregon fire

August 25, 2020 | 4:07 a.m. PDT White River Fire August 24, 2020 The pilot…

Firefighters resupplied by steerable parachutes

GPS guided parachute resupplies firefighters with food on the August Complex of fires on the…

Two additional MAFFS air tankers mobilized, bringing the total up to four

File photo of MAFFS aircraft at Cheyenne, WY for annual training and recertification, April 30,…

Pilot killed in crash of firefighting helicopter near Coalinga, California

August 19, 2020  |  5:12 p.m. PDT N711GH, Guardian Helicopters photo. A pilot was killed…

Three helicopters help suppress fire that spread into auto wrecking yard near Bend, Oregon

A vegetation fire that spread into an auto wrecking yard Saturday was attacked by firefighters…

Preliminary report reveals one of the SEATs involved in the July 30 mid-air collision had retardant on windshield

Two pilots were killed July 30, 2020 at the Bishop Fire in southeast Nevada A…

One of the two Forest Service infrared mapping aircraft has not been successfully used since November, 2018

The two USFS aircraft equipped with infrared sensors used to map vegetation fires. USFS graphic.…

Crash of Portuguese CL-215 air tanker kills pilot

August 8, 2020 | 1 p.m. MDT Map showing the general area of the crash…

Photos of air tankers and a lead plane working out of Redmond, OR

August 6, 2020 | 7:50 p.m. PDT Tanker 60, a DC-7B, arriving at Redmond, OR…

LACoFD has two new Firehawks

Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopters 21 and 22 arrive at Barton Heliport in Pacoima,…

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