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More FireHawks nearing completion in Colorado

For Ventura County and CAL FIRE

CAL FIRE helicopter Firehawk, Moffett, S-70i, N477DF
CAL FIRE Firehawk, Moffett, S-70i, N477DF. Photo by Skippyscage at Centennial Airport, Englewood, CO, April 14, 2021.

Skippyscage sent us photos of more Blackhawk helicopters that appear to be nearing completion at United Rotorcraft in Englewood, Colorado.

The CAL FIRE helicopter above, Helicopter 106, N477DF, is stenciled with “Moffett”, and may be destined for Moffett Field in California.

On April 12 we had a photo of Ventura County’s Helicopter 5 in flight shot by Barbara S. Hoversten near Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colorado. Below is one more.

Ventura County helicopter Firehawk N60VC
Ventura County, HH-60L, N60VC. Photo by Skippyscage at Centennial Airport, Englewood, CO, March 5, 2021

The 12 Sikorsky S-70i helicopters that CAL FIRE has purchased are brand new, straight from the factory. They are being accessorized by United Rotorcraft with navigation and communication systems, cabin interiors, higher landing gear, and a 1,000 gallon external fixed water tank with a retractable snorkel system for fighting fire.

Similar work is being done on the two Ventura County aircraft seen here which will be delivered in Southern California. They are former military HH-60L Blackhawks originally configured by United Rotorcraft as dedicated MEDEVAC helicopters with medical equipment and patient litter systems, some of which is being repurposed in the new FIREHAWK configuration.

Ventura County, HH-60L, N70VC helicopter Firehawk
Ventura County, HH-60L, N70VC. Photo by Skippyscage at Centennial Airport, Englewood, CO, April 14, 2021.