Out for a paddle one day when this happens..
We were just out one day enjoying a three day white water trip down the Rogue River in Oregon when these visitors drop in on us…
There was a forest fire on the other side of the valley, so these guys were picking up water in the river.. The big guy on left is the Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane. In fire fighting mode it can scoop up almost 20,000 lbs of water through a one foot diameter hose.. Will post some video later of this operation.
A lot of the terms in Aviation terms came from our days as a seafaring nation.. As the big green guy hovers we are being blown around by the wiper wash and wake caused by this, when you turn right, you are turning to starboard.. Even speed is measured in knots.. one knot = 1.852Km/hr = 1.15mph..
BTW- cruising down the Rogue river is a nice way to spend a few days, normally you don’t get an airshow like we did, but there is a lot of wild life..