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Childress Municipal Airport

The Busy fire season draws several SEATS to airport

By Tiffany Tully/FBO Manager—

CHILDRESS – On Friday, July 10, a local pilot flew his Piper Cherokee in the area, a Cessna 414 flew in from Arkansas and a local Beechcraft Bonanza departed for Fort Worth.

• Sunday, July 12, kicked off fire season with a busy day! Three SEATs (single engine air tanker) and a Cessna 340 flew all day on fires near Amarillo. The Cessna 414 departed, and the Beechcraft Bonanza came back in. A Cessna Conquest flew in for a short visit.

• Monday, July 13, the SEATs were back at it again this morning.

• Tuesday, July 14, a Cessna 172 stopped in for fuel on its way from California to Addison. A Rockwell Turbo Commander flew in from California to join the SEATs as an air attack. They flew a fire near San Angelo.

• Wednesday, July 15, Boedeker Flying Service completed some spraying in the morning before the temperature climbed too high. It has been hot, hot, hot out here! A firefighting CH-47 Chinook helicopter came in for fuel from Colorado. A local Beechcraft Bonanza flew to Breckenridge and back. A Cessna 310 flew a fire relief crew in from Idaho.

• Thursday, July 16, an Aviat Pitts aerobatic biplane flew in this morning for a fuel stop. All three SEATs and the Turbo Commander joined some SEATs out of Abilene and another crew out of Ozona to fight a fire near Brady this evening.

It’s hot and dry out there! Be careful and watch for sparks. Don’t forget to thank the local fire teams for all that they do. We really appreciate the hard work and long days our aviation fire crew is putting in.

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