Another Firehawk arrives at McClellan

A Sikorsky S-70i is added to CAL FIRE’s fleet

Helicopter 205 at McClellan
Helicopter 205 at McClellan. Photo by John Vogel 5-21-2020.

Another new Sikorsky S-70i Firehawk has been delivered to CAL FIRE’s base at Sacramento McClellan Airport. John Vogel spotted it May 21, two weeks after Paul Filmer photographed it being flight tested at the Centennial, Colorado Airport. It is helicopter 205, N485DF, and “VINA” can be seen near the engines.

Thanks John!

5 thoughts on “Another Firehawk arrives at McClellan”

  1. Vina is a CDF helitack base just north of Chico. It’s on a little hill within easy view of Highway 99. It’s a pretty little setting, surrounded by pastureland.
    May 205 have a long and successful career there.

  2. The one drawback I can see is it will be a challenge to land at some unimproved sites because of the clearance. But if they hover step, that won’t be an issue, just need a little wider safety circle. Overall, I’m a fan, especially with the tank, except for maybe the sticker price!

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