Fire Fighting-Fixed wing and helicopters

Fire Fighting-Fixed wing and helicopters

Postby PeteFenwick on Mon 30 Jan 2017, 7:13 pm

Not a mainstream aviation subject but hopefully there are some unusual and different pics out there and it is a boring winter.

Allow me to start the ball rolling. On a family holiday by chance I met the pilot of a firefighting helicopter who said they were based at Mariposa-Yosemite Airport in 2013. Hence a few hours usefully spent at the Airport, with the Boss reading in the car.

Bell AH-1 Cobra Firewatch-apparently at the nose is an infrared camera to seek the fire edge through the obscuring smoke and then advising where to drop the water/retardant

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Sikorsky UH-60 Firehawk with underneath slung water bucket

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Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane, the only time I have seen them in 20+ years of aviation photography

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The Mighty Martin Mars (Hawaii Mars) at Oshkosh Seaplane Base in 2016. One of only 2 flying.

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Hope you enjoy but let's see what others have, I am sure there are some interesting Water Aircraft pics out there.
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Postby D90Man on Mon 30 Jan 2017, 9:49 pm

A couple, also from the USA, which I came across at the end of the 2016 Fire Season. Just happened to be driving by....

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Re: Fire Fighting-Fixed wing and helicopters

Postby Col. Chibani on Tue 31 Jan 2017, 9:33 pm

That's a very good and often colorful theme !

The "Sécurité Civile" (responsible for firefighting in France) demo at Ferté-Alais 2015 :

ImageDSC_7788_RAW by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

ImageDSC_7785_RAW by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

Helos and fixed-wings are working in close co-operation :

ImageCanadair & EC145 Sécurité Civile by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

A fabulous fly-by :

ImageCanadair & Tracker by Colonel CHIBANI, sur Flickr

More to come from my archives.
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Re: Fire Fighting-Fixed wing and helicopters

Postby PeterR on Wed 01 Feb 2017, 8:36 pm

Couple of images from a visit to Van Nuys back in December 2010. :up:

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Re: Fire Fighting-Fixed wing and helicopters

Postby Hammy on Thu 02 Feb 2017, 2:10 pm

Just the one from me as I suspect most will have shot the Sec Civile Trackers and CL415s that have visited Northolt.

St Athan, December 2012:

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Re: Fire Fighting-Fixed wing and helicopters

Postby Tommy on Sat 04 Feb 2017, 11:15 am

A department I'm sadly lacking in. I did catch this CL when spotting at Albacete in January 2015:

ImageOne of the Three Amigos by Tom Jones, on Flickr
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Re: Fire Fighting-Fixed wing and helicopters

Postby Alexe on Sat 04 Feb 2017, 2:17 pm

I won't claim these to be particularly great photos, they were all taken on a film camera with no zoom, oh to have had a DSLR with 500mm lens at the time.
But it isn't everyday you find yourself on the frontline of the fight against a forest fire. First photo is for reference as to how close to our campsite the fire got.
These are from the summer of 2003 in the Durance valley in Southern France, we had watched a whole train of CL's picking up water from one of the local lakes on our way back to the campsite and then found the fire brigade had set up their command centre in the field next to us.

Campsite on the near side of the river, fire on the far side.
ImageFrench Alps Wildfire Summer 2003 by Alex Edwards, on Flickr

Water drop
ImageFrench Alps Wildfire Summer 2003 by Alex Edwards, on Flickr

ImageFrench Alps Wildfire Summer 2003 by Alex Edwards, on Flickr

The scale of the fire was immense
ImageFrench Alps Wildfire Summer 2003 by Alex Edwards, on Flickr

Spot the helicopter using the lake on the campsite to fill up it's water tank (it wasn't a big lake)
ImageFrench Alps Wildfire Summer 2003 by Alex Edwards, on Flickr

Off on another waterdrop
ImageFrench Alps Wildfire Summer 2003 by Alex Edwards, on Flickr
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Re: Fire Fighting-Fixed wing and helicopters

Postby iaint on Sat 04 Feb 2017, 10:00 pm

One from the Northolt Charity Photocall of 2008... Ah, those were the days, daytime photoshoots :wink:

ImageF-ZBFP/31 - CL-415 by Iain Thomson, on Flickr
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Re: Fire Fighting-Fixed wing and helicopters

Postby seacat192 on Sun 05 Feb 2017, 8:48 am

Just the one from me, despite F&R being a major interest of mine!

Photographed at RIAT 2013. I believe this was being trialled as a platform for getting a crew and entrapment cutting gear to the scene of an RTC ahead of the usual land-based pumps and Rescue Tenders. Not 100% within the title of this thread, but from an allied activity.

Happy to be corrected if this info is wrong.

ImageEmergency Services helicopters, Royal International Air Tattoo 2013, RAF Fairford by Roger, on Flickr

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Re: Fire Fighting-Fixed wing and helicopters

Postby scuba001 on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 9:27 pm

First posting on here so I apologise if the standard isn't up to the normal excellent level. A few interesting photos taken in California a couple of years ago

ImageFire2 by mattT49.

ImageFire5 (1) by mattT49

ImageFire3 (1) by mattT49

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ImageFire3 (2) by mattT49
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Re: Fire Fighting-Fixed wing and helicopters

Postby Blackbird on Fri 10 Feb 2017, 6:57 am

Seen back in the summer in Alaska - at least it would seem to be fire-fighting related. Happy to be corrected.
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Re: Fire Fighting-Fixed wing and helicopters

Postby DriesE on Fri 10 Feb 2017, 1:34 pm

Some more pictures of the French Sécurité Civile during their impressive routine at La Ferté Alais 2015.

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Re: Fire Fighting-Fixed wing and helicopters

Postby Col. Chibani on Tue 14 Feb 2017, 12:06 am

DC-10 AirTanker, seen at Le Bourget 2005 :

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Re: Fire Fighting-Fixed wing and helicopters

Postby HeyfordDave111 on Thu 16 Feb 2017, 11:34 am

Some not so modern ones from me.....

In 2003, on a 'grand tour' of California, i literally stumbled across these beauties upon being turned away from Palmdale (well you have to chance your luck, dont you? :grin: ) and say the tail of a silver aircraft that turned out to be a KC-97 at Willian J. Fox Field.

I'd seen a DC6 waterbomber at about 5000 ft earlier in the week, but thought nothing of it, although nice to see overhead.
As i got closer to the field, following silver tail and my nose, a Neptune took off on firebombing duties.

Once at the field an hour and a half was spent watching them come and go, and boy what a sound......props to just before rotate then the jets opened up. simply terrific as i'd never seen one fly before then and suddenly i'm seeing 4 active ones plus the ramp repair birds.

Enjoy. They were taken on the 28th October 2003

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ImageF2 by David Jones, on Flickr
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ImageF1 by David Jones, on Flickr
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ImageF4 by David Jones, on Flickr
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ImageF3 by David Jones, on Flickr
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ImagePICT0103 by David Jones, on Flickr
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Re: Fire Fighting-Fixed wing and helicopters

Postby Blackbird on Thu 16 Feb 2017, 7:48 pm

Great post - many thanks for sharing. Love the Neptunes.

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Re: Fire Fighting-Fixed wing and helicopters

Postby Alexe on Thu 16 Feb 2017, 10:10 pm

Slightly different, saw this at Oshkosh last year, it's used by the forestry service to drop 'Smoke Jumpers' close to fires.

ImageIMG_2913 by Alex Edwards, on Flickr
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Re: Fire Fighting-Fixed wing and helicopters

Postby Tommy on Fri 17 Feb 2017, 10:26 pm

Couple more from me:

ImageRed Waves by Tom Jones, on Flickr

ImageBe-autiful by Tom Jones, on Flickr
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