We are not near any major airports and rarely see airplanes in our skies. One week last month we were treated to the sight of many planes in the air. The NC Air National Guard held training sessions in their job of assisting with wildfires in the mountains.
Military pilots flew at least fourteen flights per day, carrying water to drop on target areas in Pisgah National Forest. Almost all of them flew directly over our community. What a treat to hear and see the huge planes, especially when the maneuvers were practice. (They are doing the real thing for the fires still burning in the west.)
The planes used are Lockheed C-130 originally used for transport of troops and equipment and for medical evacuation. Some of the planes were converted to airtankers for firefighting. They carry water or fire-retardant chemicals. They flew low over our house but we got only a glimpse because of the trees.
So I went down to the lake to see if I could see some of them coming in. I saw one coming before I parked my car. I quickly grabbed my camera for a few quick photographs as the plane was already passing by.
The camera caught the props looking quite still but they were turning.
And it quickly flew away, off to Pisgah National Forest to dump its load.
This photograph from Wikipedia shows the C 130 dropping retardant.
The sight of so many of the planes during the week of training was wonderful. Especially since we knew they were only practice runs. Living in the mountains we always have a fear of wildfires. It's comforting to know that our military is ready to help us when we need it.
Our thoughts are with those in harm's way right now because of fires. Especially for those in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming.