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

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