More Fire(hawk) power for Los An­ge­les

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Siko­rsky has been con­tracted by the County of Los An­ge­les to sup­ply two S-70is that will be con­verted to Fire­hawk con­fig­u­ra­tion af­ter de­liv­ery in De­cem­ber. A spe­cial­ist out­fit­ter will in­stall 1,000 US gal­lon wa­ter tanks, ex­tended land­ing gear, sin­gle pi­lot cock­pit lay­outs and mede­vac in­te­ri­ors be­fore they join the LA County Fire De­part­ment’s cur­rent fleet of three Fire­hawks. Thomas Ewald, as­sis­tant fire chief of LA County’s Air and Wild­land Di­vi­sion, said: “The Fire­hawk has re­peat­edly proven its re­li­a­bil­ity and rugged­ness. The stresses we place on the air­craft when we take on and then ag­gres­sively re­lease 8,000 pounds of wa­ter mul­ti­ple times a day are far more than what its mil­i­tary vari­ant might do in nor­mal op­er­a­tions at max­i­mum gross weight. Like a good pickup truck, we beat it up and it keeps com­ing back for more!”

‘Like a good pickup truck’ the S-70is Fire­hawk has proved to be tough and re­li­able

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