Photo Gallery: Firefighting aircraft in action

Photo Gallery: Firefighting aircraft in action

Slurry bombers. Air tankers. Sky cranes. Smokejumpers. Heli rapellers.

The photographs are impressive. The real thing? Until you've seen a bomber swoop in and scoop up a belly full of water from a lake and fly off toward a fire in Western mountains or desert - well, it's hard to describe.

This fire season, take a moment to honor the men and women who work the firelines - from the hot, dusty ground and from high above in the smoke-filled air. Thank you, firefighters.

Here is a photo gallery of firefighting airplanes and helicopters in action.

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