A Kaman K-MAX helicopter, with two counter-rotating intermeshing rotors (synchropter), returns to base or âdip pointâ to reload the flexible bucket (cabled below it) with water for an aerial drop where needed during the Big Windy Complex Wildlands Fire, 15 miles west of Interstate-5 and East Northeast of Galice, Oregon, with the Incident Command Post (ICP) in Merlin, OR on Thursday, Aug 8, 2013. This type of helicopter is designed for lifting external loads of more than 6,000 pounds. There is no tail rotor, and its design contributes to a natural hover characteristic. Reloading the bucket with water does not require the aircraft to land, saving time and fuel. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
May 18, 2014
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