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AILES DE FEU - LES POMPIERS DU CIEL (in French)

AILES DE FEU - LES POMPIERS DU CIEL (in French)

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The wings of fire are those of planes and helicopters water bombers, the Civil Security and the departments of the South of France. Photogenic subject if it is, we remember that an album on the same theme had been published successfully by Rémy Michelin before. This time, it's up to another "cador" of extreme photography to take an interest in this subject: Alain Ernoult, whom there is no need to present.Having benefited from the exceptional authorization to accompany the crews during their missions, he brought back a very impressive report. The majority of these images were made during the fire season 2005, sinister memory, and we imagine the difficulty for the photographer to work in these terrible conditions.After a short historical overview of the fight against fire in the forest, a device considered today as particularly effective but which we must not forget that it was born from the initiative of a single man, Francis Arrighi, sub- Prefect of Bouches-du-Rhône in the early sixties, the author reviews the men and equipment of this seasonal combat.Canadair, Tracker, Catalina, DC-6, and Fokker 27 are particularly highlighted in their element, in the midst of clouds of smoke, closer to the ground during the drops, scooping, ground in Marignane, surrounded by crews and maintenance teams.The all-new Dash-8Q400MR is also present during its first evaluation flights, and since this fight is not just the case of fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters are also present. Whether it's the "Dragon" that serves as Airborne PCs, Squirrels and Bells with cargo hold or sling load, firefighters demonstrate their potential here, as evidenced by the image of this Squirrel filling his cargo bay by pumping water into an individual's pool.A chapter is also devoted to the most impressive of them, the Skycrane, which has come to reinforce these two last seasons and whose capacities are quite exceptional.
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