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
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.