Excellent photo of MD-87 dropping on the Beaver Fire

Beaver Fire, MD-87, T-103, South Dakota,

Above: An MD-87, probably Tanker 103, drops on the Beaver Fire west of Wind Cave National Park September 13, 2017. Photo by Herb Ryan used with permission.

(Originally published at 10:46 a.m. MDT September 14, 2017)

Herb Ryan of the Custer Free Press gave us permission to use these excellent photos he took September 13 at the Beaver Fire which is burning west of Wind Cave National Park in southwest South Dakota.

(More information about the Beaver Fire and the nearby Rankin Fire.)

The photo above is spectacular. It is a close-up of one of the most recently converted air tankers, an MD-87, dropping on the fire.

This is how he described getting the shot:

I was waiting for this and it broke out [of the] heavy smoke and this is the one full image I shot. Was on the back side of the fire with a Canon 7D and a 70-200 f2.8 on the camera cranked all the way down to 70mm.

The photo below of a National Guard Blackhawk helicopter on the Beaver Fire is also courtesy of Mr. Ryan.

4 thoughts on “Excellent photo of MD-87 dropping on the Beaver Fire”

  1. No. Not to slow it down. The MD-87 was never certified for operations at full flap, and landing gear up. They are operating the airplane as certified, per FAA part 25 cert standards. I assume.

  2. I asked earlier and someone with knowledge said it is part of their new certificate. They’ve got to drop with gear down. Must wash gear every day too.

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