An all-female helitack crew on a flight in Arizona

Helicopter Express Female Crew
Left to right: Ashlyn Parker (pilot), Natalie Bench, Dallas Baca, and Makenzie Mabery.

Ashlyn Parker, a pilot with Helicopter Express, let us know about an all-female crew on a recent flight while working near North Kaibab, Arizona supporting the Little Springs and Castle Fires:

A helicopter flight on July 14th had an all female crew — (left to right) Ashlyn Parker (pilot), Natalie Bench, Dallas Baca, and Makenzie Mabery. We also had another female helitack crew member who was on the ground staffing the helispot, Mariah Jones. Photo taken at Jacob Lake Helispot by Helitack crewmember JA Ford. Helicopter is a Helicopter Express 407HP.

Thanks Ashlyn!

I would have to think that this has probably happened before — an all-female crew on a firefighting helicopter flight, but probably not often. Anyone have examples?

3 thoughts on “An all-female helitack crew on a flight in Arizona”

  1. There is no North Kaibab, AZ. There is the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest. Jacob Lake, AZ has a seasonal camp and helispot. Forest Service District office is in Fredonia, AZ. Another season camp is Big Springs, AZ. I believe the the fire management function there has ‘zoned’ with the North Rim Unit of the Grand Canyon National Park. Spent a few years on the North Kaibab Ranger District.

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