We had some thunderstorms the other day. There were a few lightning strikes. Eastern Washington being a desert, these resulted in fires. I took a drive and took some pictures while investigating the smoke. Apparently fires started in 5 locales, all about 25-30 miles east of us. By Friday afternoon the firefighters had put out two.
One said they had had two choppers dumping water, but a third from some other showed up and was not responding to the on scene commander. So, air control had grounded all aircraft.
This evening we heard a noise out the font door. I stepped out and found this. It is headed in the direction of the fires. (they are still burning, we could still see the smoke today.) It is a CH-54 Tarhe, also known as the Skycrane. There are still several in flying condition and many are owned by a firm in Corvallis, Oregon. I was nowhere near enough to see its tail number or registration number. Suffice it to say, it's cool to see one in the area. There you have it.
and then we went for a walk about an hour later. As we were getting home we heard that sound again...I had the camera ready as it flew past us into the sunset.