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AIR TRACTOR Fire Boss (N803NZ) - A pair of CO Fire Aviation's SEAT (Single Engine Air Tanker) aircraft, N803NZ and N809NZ, are viewed here taxiing up to the air tanker base at RTS to take on another load of retardant.
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AIR TRACTOR Fire Boss (N803NZ)

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A pair of CO Fire Aviation's SEAT (Single Engine Air Tanker) aircraft, N803NZ and N809NZ, are viewed here taxiing up to the air tanker base at RTS to take on another load of retardant.

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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
The tanker base ground personnel were extremely busy. Temperature at Stead on this sunny afternoon was 99 degrees (F) so temperature out on the hot ramp was well into triple digits, but the ground personnel were constantly refilling aircraft with retardant. In straight-line air miles, the North Fire was only a short distance north of RTS, so it did not take long for aircraft to depart Stead, arrive at the wildfire and make their retardant drops, and arrive back at Stead. And ... there were five aircraft in a constant and steady "arrive-reload retardant-depart-return for more" stream: these two CO Fire Aviation SEAT tankers, an Erickson Aero Tanker Mad Dog, and two Neptune Aviation BAe-146 tankers. Just as the ground crew would finish pumping retardant into one (or, as seen here, two) aircraft, another tanker would have just landed and would be taxiing up to this area of the ramp. When it comes to fighting wildfires, no person involved in any segment of the battle has it easy. My deepest admiration AND my VERY sincere Thanks go to every single person who fights wildfires.
Gavin Hughes
These photos make a valuable history to go with stories of heroic actions by those who put themselves out there, from ground crews to firefighters both on the ground and in the air. A salute to them all doesn't seem enough.
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
27-Jul-2021 AT8TReno/Stead ()Reno/Stead () 06:58PM PDT 07:24PM PDT 0:25
27-Jul-2021 AT8TReno/Stead ()Reno/Stead () 06:31PM PDT 06:51PM PDT 0:19
27-Jul-2021 AT8TReno/Stead ()Reno/Stead () 06:05PM PDT 06:23PM PDT 0:17
27-Jul-2021 AT8TReno/Stead ()Reno/Stead () 05:41PM PDT 05:56PM PDT 0:14
27-Jul-2021 AT8TReno/Stead ()Reno/Stead () 02:30PM PDT 03:37PM PDT 1:07
27-Jul-2021 AT8TReno/Stead ()Reno/Stead () 01:00PM PDT 01:57PM PDT 0:57
27-Jul-2021 AT8TReno/Stead ()Reno/Stead () 11:54AM PDT 12:52PM PDT 0:57
27-Jul-2021 AT8TReno/Stead ()Reno/Stead () 10:45AM PDT 11:46AM PDT 1:01
23-Jul-2021 AT8TReno/Stead ()Reno/Stead () 03:09PM PDT 03:10PM PDT (?) 0:01
23-Jul-2021 AT8TReno/Stead ()Near Minden, NV 10:33AM PDT Last seen 10:47AM PDT 0:14
22-Jul-2021 AT8TReno/Stead ()Near Carson City, NV 04:58PM PDT Last seen 06:00PM PDT 1:01
22-Jul-2021 AT8TMinden-Tahoe ()Reno/Stead () 04:04PM PDT 04:49PM PDT 0:45
22-Jul-2021 AT8TReno/Stead ()Minden-Tahoe () 02:58PM PDT 03:44PM PDT 0:46
22-Jul-2021 AT8TReno/Stead ()Reno/Stead () 01:02PM PDT 02:10PM PDT 1:08
22-Jul-2021 AT8TMinden-Tahoe ()Reno/Stead () 12:01PM PDT 12:51PM PDT 0:50
22-Jul-2021 AT8TReno/Stead ()Minden-Tahoe () 11:03AM PDT 11:44AM PDT 0:41
21-Jul-2021 AT8TMinden-Tahoe ()Reno/Stead () 06:02PM PDT 07:32PM PDT 1:29
21-Jul-2021 AT8TMinden-Tahoe ()Minden-Tahoe () 12:46PM PDT 01:21PM PDT 0:34
21-Jul-2021 AT8TMinden-Tahoe ()Minden-Tahoe () 12:14PM PDT 12:32PM PDT 0:18
21-Jul-2021 AT8TMinden-Tahoe ()Minden-Tahoe () 11:40AM PDT 11:58AM PDT 0:17
21-Jul-2021 AT8TMinden-Tahoe ()Minden-Tahoe () 11:03AM PDT 11:22AM PDT 0:18
21-Jul-2021 AT8TReno/Stead ()Minden-Tahoe () 10:07AM PDT 10:46AM PDT 0:39
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