Erickson Air-Crane Helitankers


Video courtesy Erickson Air-Crane ericksonaircrane.com www.prnewswire.com Erickson Air-Crane Helitankers Dampen Wildfires in Southern California and the Pacific Northwest Portland, OR September 11, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — Four of Ericksons Helitankers are flying long hours battling the large Station Fire consuming homes and forcing thousands of evacuations. In previous weeks, they have already helped put out wildfires in Washington State, Oregon, Utah, Greece, and British Columbia and will soon be to Australia for the bushfire season that is soon approaching. Our helicopters do so many things, from heavy lifts atop tall buildings, power line construction and logging to fighting wildfire and emergency response, said Udo Rieder, President and CEO of Erickson Air-Crane. But clearly our busiest time, where speed is of the essence and our dispatch crews work around the clock, is in response to the many wildfires that burn out of control in so many parts of the world. It is also the most harrowing flying for our pilots and crews and the most rewarding for all of the Erickson employees – knowing that we really do make a difference saving lives and property. In California, where several wildfires have burned from the northern part of the state to Southern California, the Aircranes have been a critical part of the Forest Service arsenal. Four Aircranes are making sortie after sortie, dropping millions of gallons water and retardant on the fires and clearly making a difference

25 Responses to “Erickson Air-Crane Helitankers”

  1. chris4071000  on May 18th, 2011

    french can not even make helicopters i heard that the REACH air ambulance just got a brand new Eurocopter ec 135 and it already has mager problems but the reach pilot said the bell 407 needs no maintenance

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  2. motokid032  on May 18th, 2011

    @kinmanyuen

    Definitely don’t use any Russian junk in these helicopters.

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  3. iheartyouknowwho  on May 18th, 2011

    Soo the guy in the green outfit wearing the red an white hat, is totally my fuckin uncle, golly i love him! <3

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  4. iheartyouknowwho  on May 18th, 2011

    Soo the guy in the green outfit wearing the red an white hat, is totally my fuckin uncle, golly i love him! <3

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  5. kinmanyuen  on May 18th, 2011

    motor kinda looks like from a hind

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  6. jessmess451  on May 18th, 2011

    i have sat inside one it is amazing

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  7. kowz4u  on May 18th, 2011

    All I can say is you folks love you work too much but I am thankful for that . Loved to watch you work over my house when the station fire was going on.Thank you.

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  8. cutiepiebabe1029  on May 18th, 2011

    impressive

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  9. JackFlemingFan  on May 18th, 2011

    Excellent!! This sure is one amazing impressive helicopter!!

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  10. 2009kwkev  on May 18th, 2011

    i saw one in Aus today and yesterday

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  11. scottwa2468  on May 18th, 2011

    these helicopters have helped in Australia with some many fires,they are lifesavers!

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  12. notar1  on May 18th, 2011

    Where is the Swordfish Movie footage? I want to see the making of that

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  13. HPAVELOW53  on May 18th, 2011

    If it had a cabbin instead of a water tank it would look like a ch-53!

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  14. HPAVELOW53  on May 18th, 2011

    If it didnt have that water tank and it had a cabbin instead it would look like a CH-53 oh and an added fueling probe!

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  15. Solbraver1980  on May 18th, 2011

    Um dos mais feios Helicopteros q Já vi

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  16. atodogas2  on May 18th, 2011

    This helis are awesome

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  17. Aerobatique  on May 18th, 2011

    When I did work experience with the Police Air Wing here in Australia I watched one of these start up from 25 metres away…that was something.

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  18. L33tP1ckL  on May 18th, 2011

    Informative and entertaining video.

    A somber note: Notice the black tape (of mourning) over the L.A. Fire Dept. personnel’s badge?

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  19. Neppybutt  on May 18th, 2011

    Not a problem.

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  20. N137LA  on May 18th, 2011

    Yeah, its effective, until the wings fall off…

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  21. horizonflyer9  on May 18th, 2011

    oh im really sorry. i only read through your comment quickly and i didnt notice the “other than fixed wing”

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  22. Neppybutt  on May 18th, 2011

    That is why I mentioned other than fixed wing (which I assume includes the C-130) does in fact cover a lot wider area, much quicker. No?

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  23. horizonflyer9  on May 18th, 2011

    actually its not. the c130 firefighter is so much more effective. it carries so much more water, and spreads it across a very wide area of land. as they said in the video, the airplanes do the heavy work and the helicopter cleans up the small stuff

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  24. Neppybutt  on May 18th, 2011

    That is one of the flat ugliest helicopters out there. However, other than fixed wing, it is the most useful for putting out the fires.

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  25. sdrfgvrfgvsfravgdsvS  on May 18th, 2011

    awesome helis

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