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Wild fire operations in Colorado frequently are supported by the Jeffco Air Tanker Base at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport


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Tanker 00 Lockeed P3A climbing out of Jeffco 2011



Tanker 55 Lockeed SP-2H on the Jeffco Air Tanker Base slurry ramp



Tanker 25 Lockeed P3A climbing out of Jeffco Air Tanker Base with a fresh load of slurry



Tanker 07 P2V-5 climbing out of Jeffco Air Tanker Base with a fresh load of slurry



Tanker 21 Lockeed P3A on final approach to Jeffco Air Tanker Base.



Tanker 45 P2V-7 on final approach to Jeffco Air Tanker Base.



P2V airtanker 10 turning to the north after takeoff



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Canadian Convair air tankers on loan to Colorado during the 2012 fire season.

Convair CV580 airtanker on the ramp at Legacy Aviation Rocky Mountain Metro Airport.

Convair CV580 airtanker 144 on takeoff roll at rotation at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport.


Convair CV580 airtanker on takeoff with the new control tower for Rocky Mountain Metro Airport in the background.


Convair CV580 airtanker on final approach for runway 11 left Rocky Mountain Metro Airport.


Convair CV580 airtanker on the slurry ramp waiting to be loaded at Jeffco Airtanker Base


Convair CV580 airtanker at liftoff, from Rocky Mountain Metro Airport
with Denver skyline in the background.




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P2V Orion air tankers on station at Jeffco 2012 fire season.

P2V fueling on the ramp near Legacy Aviation Rocky Mountain Metro Airport

P2V airtanker 44 on the slurry ramp at Jeffco Airtanker Base

P2V airtanker 44 on takeoff roll Rocky Mountain Metro Airport

SP-2H airtanker 48 on the ramp at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport

SP-2H airtanker 48 SP-2H on the ramp at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport

P2V airtanker 06 on its takeoff roll Rocky Mountain Metro Airport

Slurry drop during the Left Hand Canyon fire 3/12/2011

Slurry drop during the Flagstaff fire July 2012

Slurry drop during the Flagstaff fire July 2012

Slurry drop during the Flagstaff fire July 2012

After Dark the Left Hand Canyon burn area provides a stark light show as area residents watch to see if the active burn is moving in their direction

C-130 preparing to depart Jeffco as the sun sets.

C-130 preparing to taxi to the runway from the the slurry ramp.

C-130 out of North Caroline supporting fire ops at Jeffco Air Tanker Base.
Unfortunately the sister ship of this C-130 (MAFFS tanker 7) crashed on a slurry drop mission in South Dakota around 6:30 p.m. MT (8:30 p.m. ET) July 1 2012
About 4 hours after this picture was taken.

Blackhorse photo sends our sincere condolences to the Unit, families and friends of the air crew lost in this accident.




The Sikorsky skycrane helicopters are work horses for helo water drops, dousing smaller hot spots in difficult terrain the slurry bombers cannot effectively work.

Helicopter Transport Services Sikorsky skycrane helicopter 718 on the ramp at Jeffco.

Helicopter Transport Services Sikorsky skycrane helicopter 715 at Boulder Airport

Erickson Sikorsky skycrane helicopter 732 on the Legacy Air ramp at Jeffco.

Erickson Sikorsky skycrane helicopter 742 at Boulder Airport undergoing preventive maintenance.

Airborne dance of two Sikorsky skycrane helicopters on the flagstaff fire July 2012.

A huey makes bucket water drops to assist fire crews in rugged terrain at the Indian Gulch fire (2011) above Golden.

June 26 2010 Air Tanker 44 returned to Jeffco with a mayday for an engine fire. As a result of the loss of hydraulics due to the fire, the plane
ran through the fence at the Air Tanker Base and across the road. Luckily no serious injuries, although the props chopped up the chain link fence top rail
and threw pieces of it about 100 yards crashing through the windows of a near by office.





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