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 dropped by a helicopter. Fighting a large fire is more expensive yet.

Many helicopters can pick up more water than my helicopter can, but because I usually arrive in the very early stages of a fire, I can often stop the fire with just two or three loads. You might call my Long Ranger “the little helicopter that could.” I have a Bambie bucket which holds 140 gallons and can be adjusted down to 80 gallons. The bucket was named after Bambie, who worked at a famous firefighters bar in Boise Idaho (more on that another time).
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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 that has a way of focusing your attention. Flying the helicopter well under combat conditions is the very best part of flying…if you can’t do that then there’s I.A.
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