"Elvis" arrived at EAA AirVenture last week and did a
firebombing demonstration for crowds who had gathered on the
The arrival marked the first time this unique helicopter has
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.
So... as they (kinda) say -- Elvis has
lifted the building.... (snare drum rimshot, please)