Photos of aircraft on the Elephant Butte Fire, part 4 of 5

Today, three large, Type 1 CH54 helicopters

Helicopter 5HT, a CH54 fire N715HT
Helicopter 5HT, a CH54 (N715HT) at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport near Denver during the Elephant Butte Fire. Photo by skippyscage.com.

The Elephant Butte Fire burned about 50 acres on steep terrain southwest of Denver two miles northwest of Evergreen Lake, Colorado. It was reported around 3 p.m. on Monday July 13 and the spread was stopped at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday July 14 by good work from firefighters in the air and on the ground, with a big assist from rain.

Skippyscage.com got some great photos of the aircraft battling the blaze, both while they were over the fire and at the air tanker base at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (JEFFCO) northwest of Denver. With his permission, we will showing you some of his shots in five installments.

Today we are featuring CH-54 Type 1 helitankers operated by Helicopter Transport Service manufactured in 1968 and 1969, N715HT, N792HT, and N722HT.

Helicopter 2HT, a CH54 (N722HT)
Helicopter 2HT, a CH54 (N722HT) at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport near Denver during the Elephant Butte Fire. Photo by skippyscage.com.
Helicopter 2HT (N722HT) fire
Helicopter 2HT a CH54 (N722HT) dropping on the Elephant Butte Fire southwest of Denver, July 13, 2020. Photo by skippyscage.com.
Helicopter 92HT, a CH54 (N792HT) fire
Helicopter 92HT, a CH54 (N792HT) at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport near Denver during the Elephant Butte Fire. Photo by skippyscage.com.

Click here to see the series of five installments of photos of aircraft on the Elephant Butte Fire. They will be posted daily from July 17 through July 21, 2020.

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