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Old 10th Sep 2020, 07:54
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California ANG

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Don't know if you guys have seen this going around, but California National Guard aviators let their big brass ones hang out on this one.

Two aircrews, a Blackhawk and a Chinook Flew at night with NODs through high winds with burning embers, heavy smoke and difficult terrain to rescue over 200 people completely cut off and trapped by fire with it closing in on them last night. They made multiple trips to get everyone out. CalFire waived them off and warned them do not go because the conditions were too dangerous. They said **** that and went anyway.

Second pic is view from the chinook cockpit on the ground while loading first group of people.

Our hats are off to the pilots and crew. I hope they are able to get you guys wheelbarrows big enough for your cajones.













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Old 10th Sep 2020, 09:09
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Brilliant people!

The flip side of the coin: my sister in the US was telling me earlier on that one of the California fires was set by some asswipes using explosives during a "gender reveal party". WTF?
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Hats off indeed!
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Well done to the girls and boys of the Cal ANG. The pictures look like scenes from a Hollywood feature.
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Brilliant people!

The flip side of the coin: my sister in the US was telling me earlier on that one of the California fires was set by some asswipes using explosives during a "gender reveal party". WTF?
Unfortunately your sister is correct.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/08/us/el...rnd/index.html


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Brillant. Work btw ANG is Air National Guard, not Army National Guard ARNG in this case ..

btw reminds me of a an army Ch-47A in Vietnam that evacuated 100 or so villagers ??

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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Brilliant people!

The flip side of the coin: my sister in the US was telling me earlier on that one of the California fires was set by some asswipes using explosives during a "gender reveal party". WTF?
Correct - and they could be liable for the entire cost of the firefighting operations.
Neighbors saw them trying to put it out with small waters of drinking water instead of calling 911 immediately !

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Nice to see the Vietnam War era S-64 Skycrane doing a good job as a fire fighting machine


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This is also being discussed on the Rotorheads forum.
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Originally Posted by RAFEngO74to09 View Post
Nice to see the Vietnam War era S-64 Skycrane doing a good job as a fire fighting machine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlbvKgp16hA
I didnít know until recently that in addition to rebuilding them that Erickson also manufactures new ones. Quite the operation.
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Brilliant people!

The flip side of the coin: my sister in the US was telling me earlier on that one of the California fires was set by some asswipes using explosives during a "gender reveal party". WTF?
It is California so they had a firework for each gender and set them off, 69 genders later the fire started.

But I do think you are being hard on those people, they have had to go to their Safe Space because someone dared talk about being responsible for their actions.

As Greta would say "How dare you, How dare you", don't you know this is California, home of Swimming Pools, Movie Stars, F***tards.

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Unfortunately your sister is correct.
While incredibly dumb, at least that one was an accident - it's being reported that around a third of the fires burning in Washington state are believed to be arson. The death of a one year old child in one fire is being investigated as homicide (the child's parents are both hospitalized in critical condition)
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WC, Erikson are in the process of taking over the type certificates from Bell for the model 214ST and B/B1, so we can expect to see some new builds I guess. As you say, Quite the operation.

.https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/...e-certificates
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The word "Hero" gets overused in today's society, but these guys and gals have definitely earned it
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West Coast/RAFEng thanks - and I thought the idiots with BBQs on our local common during the dry spell were stupid: "but barbecues can be fun..."

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The word "Hero" gets overused in today's society, but these guys and gals have definitely earned it
Absolutely!
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What also isnít mentioned is that the California fire departments left these people, or at least werenít able to get to them. They were written off. Much like in Portland, the state was unable to deal with a situation and didnít call them Feds, national guard or larger and more capable entity due to politics. Thankfully the military stepped up and did what they do. Thankfully in Portland, state law enforcement were able to be deputized by federal law enforcement and override local orders to arrest looters, murderers, arsonists and vandals. They were arrested by federal agents and are being charged federally.
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Old 11th Sep 2020, 17:43
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What also isnít mentioned is that the California fire departments left these people, or at least werenít able to get to them. They were written off. Much like in Portland, the state was unable to deal with a situation and didnít call them Feds, national guard or larger and more capable entity due to politics. Thankfully the military stepped up and did what they do. Thankfully in Portland, state law enforcement were able to be deputized by federal law enforcement and override local orders to arrest looters, murderers, arsonists and vandals. They were arrested by federal agents and are being charged federally.
The event occurred in a National Forest, making it the responsibility of the Federal government, not state or local fire departments. When the way in is also the way out and itís blocked by fire, options are limited.
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