Fire Boss details

Air Tractor Fire Boss N10122 205-FIRE

This is a follow-up to my previous post about this amazing water scooper used for fires. Donnie Mac, WA-DNR pilot of the N10122, gave me a tour of this lovely plane while at rest on standby at the airport in Dallesport, WA. Thanks Donnie!

I wish I could remember all the details of the amazing information he gave me, and I should’ve written it down or tape recorded it. There are very few of these retrofitted scooper airplanes available, and just this summer their numbering system is changing to the 200 series on the tail. This will match up with the same type of plane in Canada who also uses the 200 series. In my original post we saw 802 on the tail, that has been changed to 205.

I got to climb up on the wing and check out the cockpit and water storage area. The pilot can scoop water up from a lake or river through an intake pipe which drops down at the bottom of the floats. He can also fill via hose into these upper containers.

This is where the water is released, the Bomb bay door so to speak. Instruments can control the rate of water drop, how much is dropped in a certain area.

did you know that this plane was originally designed as a crop duster?

I found that very fascinating.

Here is a website link from Air Tractor, and I quote:

When equipped with amphibious floats installed by Wipaire, the AT-802F becomes the Fire Boss scooper air tanker, able to land on and scoop water from nearby lakes, rivers and reservoirs. From a nearby water source, the 802F Fire Boss can deliver up to 14,000 gallons per hour for extended attack or ground support. An unimproved runway or water-side ramp and fuel are all it needs to be a highly cost-effective forward attack air tanker.

https://airtractor.com/aircraft/at-802f-fire-boss/

All in all a lovely plane, and very nice pilot!

Also behind the N10122 there was another similar plane owned by a different company.

See the previous post for in-flight photos from June 2019

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Fire Boss N10122

The sight of a Air Tanker Fire Boss at work during fire season can be nerve wracking or comforting depending on the situation! This one flown by Donnie Mac, an AT-802 model (N10122), was doing an early season public awareness run (Proficiency Flight). Donnie had planned to do some water scooping alongside the island but the wind turned out to be too strong.

This photo was taken from along Interstate 84 on June 1, 2019 in the Columbia River Gorge, between Oregon and Washington alongside Eighteenmile Island, aka Chicken Charlie Island.

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SIDENOTE: I find this fascinating bit of local lore. Eighteenmile mile island, also called Chicken Charlie island.

http://columbiariverimages.com/Regions/Places/eighteenmile_island.html

Click on this historic photo of the island to view on Historic Hood River website:

This photo is a screenshot from the Historic Hood River website

More info on Chicken Charlie Island can be found on the Full Wiki

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None of the firefighting planes are cheap to operate, but they can certainly be life and property savers.

The image below is copied from this website: https://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/districts/CWICC/Mob%20Guide/2016_Chpt_50_Mob_Guide.pdf

Dreamily Dazzled Delights

Mount Adams shrouded in Storm cloud Sunset Glory recently. Mother Nature is still the best artist!

Mount Adams From a different point of view

I was up in the hills west of Mount Adams Tuesday 8/21/2019 and it was cloudy but the mountain was visible. There were interesting textures to the clouds so I stuck around at a fewpoint until sunset. For some foolish reason I didn’t have my camera with me, but I did get a few Photos with my phone.

that rock to the right of the peak in the foreground is the head of sleeping beauty from a different angle.

You can check out my best pictures on Smugmug!

https://starlisa.smugmug.com

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I found an interesting native legend from old days about Great Spirit and the mountains in this area.

This link opens to a website called Gathering the Stories

Thus Dreams the Heart

Sweetly dreams the wayward child,

As Love surrounds their sleeping form.

Journey on through night so mild,

Unfolds a world so soft and warm.

Dancing clouds delight the eye,

Swimming high above the Bay.

The child laughs and wonders why,

Then joins in flight and joyous play!

~Starlisa Black

19 August 2019

Lenticular show

November 15, 2018 was amazing, lines of mountain wave clouds, stacks of lenticular clouds like ducklings in a row. One stack at the top of each wave of fast moving air.

I raced to my favorite spot, over looking Mount Adams, and found this scene. enjoy!

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Fog thick as Pea Soup

The last few days have been full of fog, great rivers of undulating white streamers of fog crashing up the banks of the Columbia River Gorge like big waves at the beach during times of high tide and winds.

Driving around the Bald Mountain turns on Highway 141 out of White Salmon tonight was like driving through split pea soup. It reminds me so much of childhood when we would have a lot of fog. My dad would call it split pea soup so thick you could cut it with a knife, he said. When a car comes to wards you through the thick fog, you hardly see them at all until they’re almost level with you. The fog travels in fingers of undulating White up from the rivers below, and you will suddenly break out of the fog into perfect clear, then dive back into white so thick it’s hard to see your hand in front of your face. There is something so mysterious and beautiful about fog this thick, as though you could come out of the fog bank into a different time or place, a different world

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Old favorites revisited

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These are images that are part of my heart, some of my favorites to bring back around. Most of these are available on my Smugmug site, they are often hanging in my gallery shows, and look gorgeous on Metal prints, Thinwraps, Gallery wrapped Canvas, or Prints

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Blogging changes

I’ve started a side branch blog called “Starlisa Stories” at starlisastories.wordpress.com

I will do a lot of this deep journaling, philosophizing, mental health, ADD AND Autism, and self-help kind of posting on that blog and keep this one for Photography. Truly they often get mingled anyway! My thinking is there are certain people who are really interested in the journaling aspect of my work and others who preferred just the photography.

I would love feedback from anyone reading this!

It’s also a bit confusing simply because both pages use the same iconic Starlisa Black Photography logo. If I figure out a way to separate that I may do so, or is it better to keep it all tied together that way? Anyone else that does more than one blog?