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Was on a Fire this morning 2 neat picture
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Willy-N    Posted 07-13-2004 at 13:43:48       [Reply]  [No Email]

Was called out to a fire behind us 16 miles away. It was a wheat feild burning from the dry lightning storm we just had. Took the Retardent drop and a Hele drop of water. Got the fire out only 60+ acres in size. Mark H.

Taylor Lambert    Posted 07-13-2004 at 19:34:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark thats an AgCat cropduster I used to work at the local airport/Duster field and saw alot of them. I mainly worked on Air tractors and a few Dromadere crop dusters. My boss used them all for fire bombing some times. He would leave a spare fertilizer chute on one plane and then have one with justthe bottom dump and no chute. When fires were here Id have one ready when he came back and I would taxi them out to the tanks fill one park it then taxi his now empty one to the tanks.
What I learend from watching him bomb fires was the chute dispersed and sprayed alot wider path. It was good for fire lines and putting out smaller longer fires. For a bigeer fire he liked the open bottom better. Ive seen him knock windows out of abandoned vehicles with the big water drops.

Bob/Ont    Posted 07-13-2004 at 18:57:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark those dusters are tough and have balls too. You know the fencerows back east with the 50 foot high trees. They come over them drop down and dust potatos for 80 rod then up and out. Working out your way is fun for them and their pilots.
Later Bob

Willy-N    Posted 07-13-2004 at 23:13:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
They love going out. No trees sorta flat ground right down there alley. Good pay too! Mark H.

toolman    Posted 07-13-2004 at 14:07:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
neat pictures mark, i,ll watch for the red cereal, your right about them being small bombers, ours are quite a bit bigger, and the two big ones are huge,they came over my place last year after making a drop near the town as they climbed up over the ridge and flew over me they were just closing the doors, fire retardant dropping all over the place , those pilots sure do earn their wages , they fly in some pretty rugged terrain and bad conditions.looks like we are going to get that storm now all clouded over and hot.

Willy-N S.E.A.T.    Posted 07-13-2004 at 14:15:06       [Reply]  [No Email]

Toolman that is what they call a S.E A.T (Seat) Single Engine Air Tanker. We use them a lot on the smaller fires since they can get right in and drop on your head if needed. They also can re/fill at our local small Airport. Mark H.

toolman    Posted 07-13-2004 at 14:45:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
they would be handy on some smaller ones here where the big ones have a harder time flying, looks like they are like our spotter planes that set up the drop for the bombers

Willy-N    Posted 07-13-2004 at 16:33:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
These are Crop Dusters that are also set up to drop retardent on fires. The turn around time is faster and they can dump a 500 gal load of retardent. They also can come in just several feet off the ground. Mark H.

Willy-N Another Pic    Posted 07-13-2004 at 13:44:57       [Reply]  [No Email]

Just remember don't eat the red Wheat! Mark H.

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