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Flight from KTRK Truckee Tahoe to O22 Columbia Airport

Paul Smith said on July 27th, 2011 filed under: ACTIVITIES, FLYING, LOCAL AREA PHOTOS, PLACES TO SEE

Flight from KTRK Truckee Tahoe to O22 Columbia Airport

Columbia Cal-FireLast Thursday we flew down to Columbia Airport O22 to photograph the Cal Fire Fleet.

On the way down we flew over Lake Tahoe along the west shore, what a view!  The water was crystal clear and we had a slight tail wind which made for a quick smooth ride. Shortly after our arrival at Columbia Airport, Cal Fire was returning from a call, so we watched the fleet as each plane made a flawless landing.  The airport also has a grass strip. We saw a tail dragger come in for a not so flawless landing.  A Cal Fire crew member greeted us as we approached their fleet and escorted us around as I took photos.  He also answered several of our questions and we talked about what their jobs entailed.

cal fire spotter

After our visit, we prepared for our departure in the run-up area at the same time as Cal Fire.  We waited and watched the whole fleet depart, first the spotter, then both tankers and a helicopter, quite impressive.  Once we were in the air we could see the fire that they were heading to.

On the flight home we flew over Echo Lakes, it was amazing to see the amount of snow that is still in that area.

The Truckee Tahoe Airport KTRK, is conveniently located near Lake Tahoe.  This is a great place for a pilot to own a vacation home.

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  1. Nicole Francis


    Did you guys actualy get to go in the fire plane or did you charter a plane. Either way, I am jealous, but it’s good to know about the snowpack in Desolation Wilderness. I guess it will be a while to camp up at Aloha Lake.


  2. Paul Smith

    We did not get to go in the Cal Fire plane but we did learn a lot that day.

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