One of the very few female air tanker pilots
One of Juan Browne’s recent Blancolirio aviation videos features Abbie Crews, one of the few female firefighting air tanker pilots. Before she was hired to pilot CAL FIRE’s S-2Ts out of Grass Valley, California she graduated from the Air Force Academy and flew MC12s and C-17s.
Ms. Crews gives us a very thorough and interesting tour of the S-2T.
CAL FIRE contracts with Amentum, which purchased DynCorp in 2020, for the operation and maintenance of the air tankers. The company also maintains CAL FIRE’s helicopters, but the copter pilots are CAL FIRE employees.
Ms. Crews can be found on Instagram at @flylikeagirl_