Had the option to sit around in Sacramento courtesy of the California taxpayers, or head home and remain available for callback if needed. THere are plenty of private copter resources in the state now so the need for the military copters is dimished.
One last thing about Byron's pink flamed copter. My crew on M70 took a lot of ribbing and questioning of their orientation becuse of the pink paint, from a lime green painted blackhawk crew. My crew took it in stride. When they asked me for the pink paint and rollers, I just assumed it was to touch up our paintjob....
Instead, they crawled under the lime green balckhawk and painted, in big letters, "We're g-- and lovin' it" on the belly. Everyone could read it----the helibase, the people on the fire, the residents---everyone but the blackhawk crew. They were inside flying the thing.
Cannot confirm or deny who painted that on a military helicopter. I can confirm that it went unnoticed by the crew until they returned to Sacramento