FRE­QUENT FLYERS

Most of Cal Fire’s air­craft were pur­chased from the Depart­ment of De­fense.

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OV-10 Bronco

Max­i­mum speed: 280 mph Cal Fire uses these for aerial com­mand and con­trol of air­craft on wild­fires. The crew con­sists of a pi­lot in the front and an air at­tack su­per­vi­sor in the back. Pilots for Cal Fire can­not fly more than seven hours in a day.

Grum­man S-2T

Max­i­mum speed: 270 mph. Gal­lons car­ried: 1,200 By 2005, all of Cal Fire’s air tanker fleet had been con­verted to S-2Ts. The tankers are used for fast ini­tial at­tack drops of fire re­tar­dant. They are flown by a sin­gle pi­lot who must of­ten fly in steep canyons and strong winds and just hun­dreds of feet off the ground.

UH-1H Su­per Huey

Max­i­mum speed: 126 mph. Gal­lons car­ried: 360 All Cal Fire he­li­copters are flown by Cal Fire pilots, while air tankers and air tac­ti­cal air­craft are flown by con­tract pilots. He­li­copters can be used for med­i­cal evac­u­a­tions, back­fir­ing op­er­a­tions, in­frared mapping of in­ci­dents and nu­mer­ous non­fire emer­gency mis­sions.

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