In-flight videos shot from Tanker 131

These videos were shot with a GoPro camera attached to Tanker 131, a C-130Q, while it was dropping on the King Fire between Placerville and Lake Tahoe, California. That was the fire where 12 firefighters deployed their fire shelters in front of advancing flames and were led to safety by a pilot in a helicopter.

Thanks go out to Britt Coulson for making these available.

We wish other air tanker operators would invest a couple of hundred dollars in a camera they could attach to their aircraft.

I’d love to see a split screen video of an air tanker dropping. On one side we would see the ground and the drop itself, and the other side would be shot from the cockpit and would include the audio of the crew — like this video shot from MAFFS 3 in July. It would take a little bit of advanced video editing, but I imagine if the raw footage was available we could find a volunteer who could put it together.

The photo below of Coulson’s Tanker 131 was shot while it was on final for landing at Redding, California, August 7, 2014.

T-131 landing at Redding, California 8-7-2014
T-131 landing at Redding, California August 7, 2014. Photo by Bill Gabbert.

2 thoughts on “In-flight videos shot from Tanker 131”

  1. “We wish other air tanker operators would invest a couple of hundred dollars in a camera they could attach to their aircraft.”

    Bill, it looks like Neptune already did based on your earlier post of their YouTube training video.

    Has anyone see fire video from Neptune?

  2. Very nice. In watching this video (thanks Coulson Group) I still feel there is a void for certain aviation resources. It is obvious that the plan in the video is to flank the fire with retardant buying time for ground resources to construct line. 4000 gallons, probably 1000 feet of treat (high coverage level) retardant line is impressive. However I feel that the Evergreen 747 was a good plan unfortunately maybe it was ahead of its time and the retardant system was ………………………………

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