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Here we are at the Ukiah Airshow in Ukiah, California in July.  It is super hot and dry out at nearly 104 degrees and the vast tarmac makes it even hotter.  This airshow is at the little Ukiah Airport and here we see another Cal Fire plane at the ready.  They told me it was a refurbished older plane with twin engines. It was an interesting design that looked somewhat like a giant gnat or dragonfly with a bridged tail in back.  The grass is all brown in Northern California and everything including the rivers and creeks are dry as a bone so there is great risk of fires in the area.

ISO 100, F/9, 1/500 sec, 17 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/500 sec, 17 mm Lens

It must get very hot in those cockpits so they have movable insulated shades overhead.

ISO 100, F/9, 1/200 sec, 17 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/200 sec, 17 mm Lens

Below is a photo of the bridged twin tails (one from each engine)

ISO 800, F/16, 1/500 sec, 17 mm Lens

ISO 800, F/16, 1/500 sec, 17 mm Lens

 

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