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OP PEREGRINE - AVIATION GALLERY

Aviation played an important part in fighting the fires during the forest fire crisis in BC during the summer of 2003. The BC Air Tanker service flew an unprecedented number of missions dropping retardant on the hundreds of fires throughout the province. Aircraft from other provinces, such as the CL 415s from Quebec and Ontario, were joined by helicopters with their bucketing operations in dousing the fires. The Canadian Forces deployed a force of CH-146 Griffon tactical helicopters in support of the effort. The Griffons flew firefighters to the fire zones, conducted information gathering and liaison flights and were available for the air evacuation of casualties.
Title: Tanker Tail 44
Kamloops, BC -- The end of another busy

day of flying for a Convair 580 at the air tanker base.
Title: Final for a Fill up
Okanagan Falls, BC -- A CL 415 makes
its approach on Skaha Lake in order to fill its water tanks for another run at the Vaseaux Lake fire.

Title: Cl 415 touch and go
A CL 415 lifts off from Skaha Lake after
fillng its tanks for another drop.

Title: Fill'er up
Skaha Lake,BC -- A CL 415 skims the
lake refilling its tanks.

 

Title: Going to work helicopter style
Vernon, BC -- Captain Steve McKenna straps into the cockpit of his CH 146 Griffon helicopter in preparation for a mission to the Okanagan Mountain fire zone.
Title: Griffon over Lake Okanagan
Lake Okanagan, BC -- An air-to-air photo
of a CH 146 Griffon on a sortie to the Okanagan Mountain fire zone in support
of Op Peregrine.
Title: Filling the bucket
Barriere/McLure,BC -- A helicopter dips
its bucket in the Thompson River as it
prepares for another bucket drop on the
fires in the area.

 

Title:Helo Sunset
Barriere, BC -- A fire fighting helicopter returns from a bucket drop in the Barriere fire zone at sunset.

 

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