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More: USA - California, July 26, 2010
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N925AU / 25 (cn 185-5074) Not a place I'd ever like to find myself again. A forest fire off of the Kern River. Was stuck, and figured I may as well start shooting. What a shock it was to see this!
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A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue October 29, 2013:

A visitor from Brazil posted Fri March 29, 2013:
Classic airplane, fantastic colors and lighting, gut-wrenching action taking place... much better than a stupid action movie!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Tue August 14, 2012:
Great action picture! Good example of making the best of the worst

A visitor from - posted Thu May 3, 2012:
Great detail and fine quality!

A visitor from Venezuela posted Fri June 24, 2011:
Excelent photo great timing seems a little bit hot but a nice place to get that catch haha 5 points

A visitor from United States posted Tue May 17, 2011:
The reds and oranges in conjuntion with the action scene make this one of the best avaition shots i have ever seen . thanks. i have been staring at it for several minutes. brilliant.

A visitor from United States posted Tue May 3, 2011:
Photo tells a story of drama. Wonder if zoom brings it closer than it was. Re: comment about larger aircraft, they take longer to refill; might want to cycle smaller planes faster.

A visitor from - posted Mon April 18, 2011:
Amazing photo!!!! I love seeing any photo of an Electra/Orion airframe flying, but this...is art.

A note...this Orion (Aerostar) no longer has a bomb bay...the retardant tank is right on top of where it'd have been, and extending almost to where the sono launch tubes would've been. Also, the flaps look if not all the way down, pretty close....the flap tracks are fully exposed.

A visitor from - posted Sun April 17, 2011:
That simple dramaticness of this photo is intoxicating.

A visitor from Germany posted Thu April 14, 2011:
What a dramatic shot. Firefighting as a part of aviation, well done!!!

A visitor from France posted Wed January 26, 2011:
Thinking for the Firemens team under... Bravo for them, bravo for the pilots, bravo for the photographier !!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat October 16, 2010:
I love this picture and i have one question
please tell me your camera brand and model

A visitor from Belgium posted Sat October 16, 2010:
Wow/Ouch/Jeez/... One of those pic's that hit you smack in the face...
A fine exemple of how to be in the right spot on the right time...
Well done Nick !

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat October 16, 2010:
5 stars anytime, I have not seen this kind of close action picture before

A visitor from - posted Fri October 15, 2010:
Absolutely Dramatic. Well done! Frank from BUE

A visitor from New Zealand posted Fri October 15, 2010:
This shot is amazing for many reason's.
Well done indeed and hope everything turned out alright for you.
Cheers Gavin

A visitor from United States posted Fri October 15, 2010:
Fantastic Photo, thanks for sharing it

A visitor from Canada posted Fri October 15, 2010:
Spectacular! Jaw dropping!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Fri October 15, 2010:
Amazingly intense atmosphere. A very special picture.

A visitor from - posted Fri October 15, 2010:
Photo of the year candidate. Thanks for sharing, Nick! -Thierry

A visitor from Poland posted Fri October 15, 2010:
Once in a life time shot! 5 Stars!

A visitor from - posted Fri October 15, 2010:
Height of Californian summer but the colours look autumnal. Well done, and very brave!

A visitor from - posted Fri October 15, 2010:
Simply stunning view!

A visitor from France posted Fri October 15, 2010:
2nd Shot on Airliners.net but what a shot !!!!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Fri October 15, 2010:
One of the most beautiful and spectacular pictures on A.net.

A visitor from Germany posted Fri October 15, 2010:

A visitor from Finland posted Fri October 15, 2010:
Action packed!Good work in crazy situation!

A visitor from New Zealand posted Thu October 14, 2010:
I agree with your sentiments no somewhere i would like to be but the result is one amazing pic well done

A visitor from Australia posted Thu October 14, 2010:
The real thing. Cool.

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A visitor from - posted Thu October 14, 2010:
I think our Government should consider the employment of larger aircraft for such jobs. No shortage of employment!
Rgds Helmut from Down-Under

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A visitor from Australia posted Thu October 14, 2010:
5 stars for the photo, but gee - that's a bit close for comfort. Regards, Chris.

A visitor from - posted Thu October 14, 2010:
I really like the way the photographer was at the same elevation as the plane when it dropped the retardant.

A visitor from United States posted Thu October 14, 2010:
Incredible picture. Well done!

A visitor from - posted Thu October 14, 2010:
As an old P-3 Orion Patrol Squadron Mech, I still enjoy seeing 'The Hunter' live on in this perfect roll. You can see the 4 big Allison Turbo Props, fully pitched, to chew through the thick brown smoke. The flaps look to be set at about 30% for plenty of lift, and the bomb bay is big enough to bring plenty of chemically treated slurry for what should be a big hit with the crews on the ground, looking up, from the fire line. Yes, this shot says a lot in its 1/1000th of a second's worth of history!

A visitor from United States posted Thu October 14, 2010:
I love how it captures the two sides of the story...the fire and the fire extinguishing powder. Who will win?
You can see the power of the both combatants and know it will not be an easy fight

A visitor from - posted Thu October 14, 2010:
The detail is fabulous

A visitor from United States posted Thu October 14, 2010:
Seems like you were in the center of Hell. Excellent shot!

A visitor from United States posted Thu October 14, 2010:
Great photo, took advantage of the opportunity for sure! 5* -RonS

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