Some trick flying

And by “trick,” I mean the American slang definition of “seriously impressive.”

Outside Magazine says this footage is from Portugal, but nothing in the YouTube info confirms that (or mentions anything at all about its location). But it’s true that Portugal is experiencing a lot of fires in the north and central parts of the nation, and firefighters are motivated to use anything they can to combat them.

Including the water in a private backyard swimming pool…


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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4 Responses to Some trick flying

  1. That’s impressive, indeed! The pilot himself has another onboard video that is quite amazing (from 2012).

  2. syrinpt says:

    The original video is apparently from 2011. So sad to see that somethings will never change… 😦

    • oregon expat says:

      True, especially the peabrained humans who set these fires through either malevolent intent, or pure idiocy. (“Hey, it hasn’t rained in three months and the whole nation is tinder dry…I think I’ll throw this lit cigarette out the window into the dry grass because it’s MUCH TOO DIFFICULT to stick it in my ashtray.”)

  3. Power Wench says:

    We witnessed this kind of flying in the Columbia Gorge 2 summers ago. The ‘copter was scooping water out of the river to dump on a brush fire burning high on the gorge wall. Impressive! I’ve read the trickiest part of the flying is passing over the fire itself – the heat causes weird air currents and abrupt changes in air density. Makes for an exciting ride!

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