Video: Sikorsky Ch53d Fire Stallion Helicopter Assigned To February Fire


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Video by Richard Haddad/Roundup

This video features the first civilian Sikorsky CH53D Fire Stallion helicopter taking off from the Payson Airport to battle the February Fire burning 12 miles from the town limits.

This aircraft, now serving as a firefighting unit for Heavy Lift Helicopters, Inc., was one of the last helicopters out of Saigon during the 1975 evacuation.

Video includes an interview with assistant crew chief Ryan Zierman who named the helicopter "Invidia Classis," Latin for Envy of the Fleet.

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