Group #1 - Copter 18 sequence
Copter 18 on the Hydrant
Waiting for the tank to fill
Loaded and departing
Perform steps one through twelve, then repeat. Total turn around time was approximately five minutes, no more than six.
Fixed wing operations were being conducted at the same time.
An S2T Tracker from Cal-Fire prepares to drop
Laying "Pink Line" between the flames and the houses
Another S2 makes a drop
Above it all:
"Air Attack", an OV-10 from Cal-Fire circles a couple thousand
feet higher than everyone else and makes sure no one runs into
each other.Actually, Air Attack coordinates the entire air game,
working with the Incident Commander to ensure the drops are
made where they will do the most good. These guys are pros.
I was lucky and was in a place where I could shoot these aircraft at work. As these were taken early in the season, they may be a busy group of people this year. If so, you will have to suffer through a lot of airplane pictures this summer!
Thanks for reading,