Photos: Smokey Bear's neutron tool

Photos: Smokey Bear's neutron tool

Summary: A plane swoops toward a wildfire to dump its payload of flame retardant. Dramatic, yes. But heroic pilots are only part of the story.

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  • Tnaks loaded into a C-130

    Once any repairs have been made and the tanks have been OK'd for service, they make their way back to the airstrip, where they're loaded onto a MAFF and into a C-130...

  • Mixing a retardant cocktail and sending it through a straw

    ...and refilled with the concoction of retardant and water. Here we see the retardant cocktail being mixed (top) and pumped into a tank.

  • C-130 heads out to fight fires

    Then it's off to fight fires. With the landscape visible beyond the tail of the plane, a MAFF operator gets prepared (left--note the reverse angle on the pipes shown earlier). On the right, a U.S. Forest Service lead plane directs the C-130 to the drop site...

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