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By Dale Brown
The Journal 

Blackhawk helicopter lands in Ritzville

 

Last updated 8/23/2022 at 9:03am

Special to The Journal

A Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter assisting with containing the Wagner Road fire lands to refuel at the Ritzville Airport Friday Aug. 19.

RITZVILLE – The airport on Friday, Aug. 19, received an unusual visitor – a Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter.

Currently deployed to Deer Park, the aircraft's two ex-Army pilots work for Northwest Helicopters, an Olympia-based company that provides aerial firefighting support from Washington to California.

On Friday, the helicopter dropped hundreds of gallons of water on the nearby Wagner Road Fire in Whitman County, and the Ritzville airport was their closest refueling stop.

Blackhawk helicopters were originally built for the U.S. Army to carry 13 soldiers, two crew members, and t...



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