Monday Morning

It’s been a busy summer. I’m flying an OV-10 Air Attack and staying marginally proficient with occasional flights in the S-2T. It’s been thirty-four years since I flew Air Attack and it has changed a bit. I went to work in April but it was July … [Read more...]

AAF Conference 2015 report- Submitted by Jim Barnes

Our meeting and hospitality room in Reno this year was a great time.  We are already planning next years meeting based on important issues that could dramatically alter the way wild land fires are fought throughout our Nation.   Ron Raley … [Read more...]

Associated Aerial Firefighters Conference 2015 (Agenda Included)

Hospitality room opens late afternoon on Saturday the 10th and stays open until the last member leaves.  The meeting will commence at 9:30 AM on Sunday the 11th.  Coffee, Pastries, Fruit Juice and Fruit will be served in the meeting … [Read more...]

It never gets any easier- Jim Barnes

His name was Craig Hunt.  Many of us called him the professor because he was also a chemistry professor at UC.   His wife sometimes called him professor nerd teasing him because of his higher than average intellect.  He actually had many titles … [Read more...]

Where Do We Get Such Men? submitted by Jim Barnes

“Where do we get such men”.  A famous quote from a famous story called “The Bridges of Toko Ri by James Michener.  After losing his favorite fighter pilot and SAR helicopter crew to enemy action, Admiral Tarrant, on the bridge of his carrier … [Read more...]

USFS Next Gen RFP summer 2014

https://www.fbo.gov/spg/USDA/FS/024B/SN-2014-03/listing.html … [Read more...]

From CBS News regarding the Aerial Firefighting Fleet.

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/aging-planes-being-used-to-battle-wildfires/     … [Read more...]

George Petterson recipient of the inaugural Walt Darran award

“The Associated Aerial Firefighters Board of Directors has instituted an new policy to award a life time honorary membership in the Associated Aerial Firefighters to the current 2014 Walt Darran  recipient, Mr. George Petterson, and succeeding … [Read more...]