Aerial Fire Suppression

Below are photo's of Aerial fire fighting which occurred during May 2006 in Ulster County, Town of Rochester. New York State Police utilized three Huey II helicopters in the water drop operations. Each aircraft was flown approximately 6 hours per day with about 30 bucket drops per aircraft. Each bucket holds approximately 240 gallons of water which translates to about 1900 lbs per drop. Photo's were taken by T/Sgt David Bowden - SP Aviation.

Image of a Heuy II helicopter with smoke from the fire in the background
Huey II aircraft with smoke from the fire in the background
View from the Heuy II helicopter above the fire
Aerial view of the fire - what the crew sees
Image of a Heuy II helicopter gathering water to help suppress the fire
Huey II aircraft getting water from a pond for the drop
Image of a Heuy II helicopter gathering water to help suppress the fire
Huey II aircraft getting water from a pond for the drop
Image of a Heuy II helicopter droping water on a fire
Huey II aircraft making the drop