Does that thing suck?

Noticed this machine on the “Bravo Ramp”, right next to the annual USFS portable fire management office trailer, at Payson, AZ, on Sunday 7/11 while out on a stop with an X/C student:

Sikorsky SH-3 (Sea King) Configured for Fire Suppression - Payson, AZ, 7/11/2010

Somehow, I looked at that intake hose (right there under the hull), and absurdly wondered: Just how fast it would evacuate your average residential swimming pool? How much fire it could extinguish? And, of course, what the cost would be…?

And how much fun that could be!

Somehow, we’ve had a pretty mild fire season. Our usual summer monsoon is really slow getting here this year. The requisite humidity exists (and the temperatures are really awful), but a capping layer of warm dry air has been keeping these seasonal thunderstorms from doing much so far.

If that changes here soon, the resulting lightning strikes will have this little yellow helo pretty busy…


2 Responses to “Does that thing suck?”

  1. 1 Aviatrix July 23, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Thanks for leaving your link. I like your blog. Sorry for leaving a comment so boring you probably think it’s spam.

    • 2 steve.c July 24, 2010 at 9:52 am


      Don’t worry about any comments, you’re putting your energy into the quality of the writing on your own blog, which never fails to provide me a temporary Walter Mitty-esque escape from a (mostly) cubicle-bound existence.

      Keep up the good work, you’re depended upon more than you might know šŸ˜‰

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