Monthly Archives: August 2001

Fire Season 2001 Conclusion and Fire Camp!

As you well know this year has been an active and dangerous fire season. Four USFS Fire Fighters were killed in Washington and two CDF pilots killed in California. The only difference in combat helicopter flying and helicopters fighting fire … Continue reading

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Lightning Bust!

Lightning Bust I think Jimmy Dolittle said, “There is no good reason to be flying near thunderstorms in peacetime.” There could be an exception, fire fighting with a helicopter. As all of you have seen on CNN and the national … Continue reading

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A Noodle in a Wildcat’s Ass

The other day I flew a long line mission. Forest Service smoke jumpers had jumped on one of our fires and had put the fire out. Now they had to hike out six or seven miles to the nearest road. … Continue reading

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Water Drops

Water Drops Dropping water on a fire is nothing new. I’m sure the cave men knew how to do it, it’s just that fire fighting with a helicopter has elevated and complicated the art. Water gets expensive when picked and … Continue reading

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Flame Warriors of the Sky

I.A. means initial attack, thats what I do with a helicopter. The Viet Nam Vets who arehonest will tell you that they miss the adrenaline rush they got from flying helicopters. There is something about being shot at and missed … Continue reading

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