Monday, July 21, 2008

Released to go home

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

5 comments:

jim said...

Love the blackhawk story. Would like a picture. Someone must have one, any kinks to other fire bloggers? You don't say if you're going homo, er, home. i'm sure everyone hopes so. A chinook flew over the house this evening, but I couldn't see any markings and was pretty sure it woukdn't have been you

jim said...

Oh yeah, I'm also wondering how good a preflight is that doesn't turn up tampering of the aircraft like that!

flyingvan said...

The Chinook that flew over your house was the Mustang 70 crew with Byron's paint suggestion. I stayed behind in Sac for IA stuff. Good question on the preflight----they usually don't have to crawl under and inspect the belly for Daily Inspection. There just aren't many working parts down there, and you'd be in the brush. I head home tomorrow unless these big clouds give us some more lightning starts

flyingvan said...

Oh and for the record, not going homo. I kind of suspect my boyfriend is, though.

princess slea said...

DOH!