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 August 3, 2020. Photo by Cooper Palubeski. Cooper Palubeski sent us photos he took August 3 of firefighting aircraft at Redmond, Oregon. Thanks Cooper! The…

LACoFD has two new Firehawks

Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopters 21 and 22 arrive at Barton Heliport in Pacoima, California. Photo by @ShorealoneFilms via @MichaelDubron. With their arrival today at the Barton Heliport in Pacoima, the Los Angeles County Fire Department has two new…

Video of National Guard MAFFS air tankers in action

A MAFFS air tanker approaches a target. Screenshot from the National Guard/Airailimages video. Fred Johnsen of AIRAILIMAGES sent us information about a video he compiled about the California National Guard C-130s that were activated with the slip-in Modular Airborne Fire…

Two air tankers collide near Bishop Fire in Nevada

UPDATED at 10:15 p.m. MDT July 30, 2020 Map showing heat detected by satellites on the Bishop fire as late as 3 a.m. MDT July 30, 2020. Two air tankers collided July 30 while working on the Bishop Fire in…

Two C-130 MAFFS air tankers relieved by another pair

MAFFS C-130 training in Boise April 21, 2017. Photo by Bill Gabbert After a week on the job the two California National Guard C-130 MAFFS air tankers that were activated on July 22 are being relieved as scheduled and will…

Excellent photos of Tanker 131 on the Karen Fire

Air Tanker 131, a C-130Q (N130FF) on the Karen Fire in San Bernardino County, CA July 26, 2020. Photo credit: CAL FIRE Riverside Co FD. Firefighters battling the Karen Fire near Fontana in southern California July 26 got some excellent…

Air tankers photographed at Medford during the Badger Fire

Tanker 91, an S-2T (N482DF), at Medford, OR July 18, 2020 by Tim Crippin. Tim Crippin shot these photos of air tankers at Medford, Oregon July 18, 2020 while the aircraft were assisting firefighters on the Badger Fire burning near…

28 large air tankers are mobilized

Roster of large airtankers that have been mobilized, July 22, 2020. USFS. The U.S. Forest Service has a total of 28 large air tankers actively working on their roster. The fire year started with 13 on 160-day Exclusive Use (EU)…

Two National Guard C-130 aircraft mobilized as MAFFS air tankers

File photo. A 302nd Airlift Wing Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System equipped-C-130 Hercules aircraft performs a system test at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, July 22, 2019. The aircrew later demonstrated the MAFFS at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture Oshkosh…

Photos of aircraft on the Elephant Butte Fire, part 5 of 5

Tanker 101, an MD-87 (N291EA), on the Elephant Butte Fire southwest of Denver, July 13, 2020. Photo by skippyscage.com. The Elephant Butte Fire burned about 50 acres on steep terrain southwest of Denver two miles northwest of Evergreen Lake, Colorado.…

Photos of aircraft on the Elephant Butte Fire, part 4 of 5

Helicopter 5HT, a CH54 (N715HT) at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport near Denver during the Elephant Butte Fire. Photo by skippyscage.com. The Elephant Butte Fire burned about 50 acres on steep terrain southwest of Denver two miles northwest of Evergreen Lake,…

Photos of aircraft on the Elephant Butte Fire, part 3 of 5

Helicopter 3PA, an AS350B (N833PA) on the Elephant Butte Fire southwest of Denver, July 13, 2020. Photo by skippyscage.com. The Elephant Butte Fire burned about 50 acres on steep terrain southwest of Denver two miles northwest of Evergreen Lake, Colorado.…

Preliminary information released about fatal helicopter crash in Arizona

Bryan J. Boatman The U.S. Forest Service has released preliminary information about the helicopter crash in which pilot Bryan Jeffrey Boatman, 37, was killed. It occurred on the Polles Fire in central Arizona when Mr. Boatman was approaching a helispot…

Rappeller descending to a wildfire struggles with a tree

Two firefighters rappelling to the East Plum Fire in Colorado. Screenshot from July 9, 2020 Denver 7 video. A video shot from a helicopter on July 9, 2020 got good footage of two firefighters rappelling from a helicopter to initial…

Pilot killed in helicopter crash near Payson, Arizona

(Updated at 8:35 p.m. MDT July 7, 2020) General area of the July 7, 2020 helicopter crash. ABC15 image. Officials from the Tonto National Forest confirmed that a helicopter crashed July 7 while working on the Polles Fire in central…

Eleven additional “CWN” air tankers are now working

Air Tanker 914, a DC-10, drops retardant on the Central Fire, June 20, 2020. Photo by JDH Images. The U.S. Forest Service has activated a total of 11 additional large fixed wing air tankers since May 30, 2020. Formerly on…

Photos of air tankers at JEFFCO airport used on the Chatridge 2 Fire near Denver

Tankers 02 (left, a BAe-146, N474NA) and T-22 (a P-3, N922AU) at Jeffco 6-29-2020. Shane Hervey photo. Shane Hervey shot these photos yesterday, June 29, at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (Jeffco) near Denver while air tankers were working the Chatridge…

More photos of the C-119s

Tanker 82 (N13745) at Ontario, CA November, 1975. By JD Davis. When JD Davis saw Steve Whitby’s photos of the three C-119 air tankers taken in 1981 as they were lined up at the Hemet-Ryan retardant pits, he was kind…

Wyoming hires two Single Engine Air Tankers

Air Tractor AT-802 Single Engine Air Tanker under contract in Wyoming. N23WT. Photo via Wyoming State Forestry Division June 22, 2020. The Wyoming State Forestry Division has hired two Single Engine Air Tankers. When last seen on June 17 they…

Air Tanker 914 drops on the Central Fire north of Phoenix

Air Tanker 914, a DC-10, drops retardant on the Central Fire, June 20, 2020. Photo by JDH Images. John Hall of JDH Images took these excellent photos of Air Tanker 914, a DC-10, dropping retardant on the Central Fire at…

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