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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedElvis has arrived!
By Kelly Nelson, EAA AirVenture Today

Photo by Phil High
Elvis did a firebombing demonstration shortly after arriving at AirVenture on Monday.

July 27, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - The Erickson S-64F Aircrane Helitanker, dubbed Elvis, arrived at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 at 2:36 p.m. today, and did a firebombing demonstration to the delight of the crowds who had gathered on the flightline.

The arrival marked the first time this unique helicopter has visited Oshkosh. Elvis will be on AeroShell Square all week, and is scheduled to perform several water drop demonstrations before its departure Sunday.

The heavy-duty, twin-engined rotorcraft is noted as one of the best aerial firefighting platforms available. Elvis gained notoriety for its performance during the Australian bushfires in 2000-2001 when it helped save more than 1,500 homes.

The helicopter's tank holds 2,650 gallons of water or retardant and, according to a U.S. Forest Service study, is the most economical firefighting platform on a price-per-gallon basis.



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