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Video: Bambi Bucket Drops from a Blackhawk Helicopter

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This video is a unique angle of a Blackhawk helicopter delivering water to a fire using a bambi bucket. When the helicopter is in position, the crew releases the water to extinguish or suppress the fire below. The shots consist of a take off from the staging field, dips from a nearby pond to get water and several drops on two different fire locations. This action takes place in the High Park Fire to try to mitigate spot fires in the area west of Fort Collins, Colorado. Available in High Definition.


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This work, Bambi Bucket Drops from a Blackhawk Helicopter, by SMSgt John Rohrer, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:06.22.2012

Date Posted:06.23.2012 7:43PM

Category:B-Roll

Video ID:147554

VIRIN:120622-Z-QD622-002

Filename:DOD_100426140

Length:00:07:38

Location:FORT COLLINS, CO, USGlobe

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