Jim Watson shot this video from the cockpit of Air Tanker 850, a single engine air tanker, as it made a retardant drop on the Boone Draw Fire in the northwest corner of Colorado, September 14, 2018.
Filmed by pilot Jim Watson of GB Aerial Applications, this is a video of Air Tanker 850 on the “416 Fire” near Durango, CO June 13, 2018, working with John Ponts, Lead 51 trainee.
Jim said, “The Heavies did the long runs while the Single Engine Air Tankers offered close air support by reinforcing weak areas such as this drop in the bottom of a drainage.”
Above: the view from Air Tanker 850 on the Burro Mountain Fire, June 8, 2018. Screenshot from the video.
Air tanker pilot Jim Watson shot this video of of Tanker 850 dropping on the Burro Mountain Fire 22 miles northwest of Durango, Colorado a few hours after it started on June 8, 2018. The lead plane was LEAD 51 Trainee.
Above: Air tanker 866 drops on the Red Canyon Fire. Photo by Bill Gabbert.
The lightning-caused Red Canyon Fire was reported at 12:45 p.m. MDT on Saturday 9 miles southwest of Pringle, South Dakota but an aggressive attack on the ground and from the air stopped it at 13 acres.
In addition to engines, and water tenders, and four hand crews, at least 10 aircraft joined the battle. We were there for a couple of hours and observed one large air tanker, at least five single engine air tankers, one Sikorsky Skycrane helicopter, a lead plane, an air attack ship, and an Astar B3 helicopter.
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On Twitter, @BLMOregon described the following Vine video of a Single Engine Air Tanker, like this:
It was taken from the 5:33 minute video below, which they described as:
The entire video is below:
In August we posted another video of a SEAT dropping on what we believe is the same fire, named Windy Ridge.