Canberra wins the third sky crane!

johnboy 31 October 2006 12

The ABC informs us that, despite a vociferous campaign by Adelaide, Canberra is going to host the third “Elvis” helicopter (apparently the correct term is “Erickson Air-Crane”) is going to be operating out of Canberra this summer.

“Helicorp’s general manager, Mark Robertson, says the skycrane will arrive in Canberra on November 6”

Sucks to Adelaide, they wanted it so bad. That’ll teach the buggers for all their weird murders.

Burn! Burn they will!

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12 Responses to Canberra wins the third sky crane!
Thumper Thumper 2:48 pm 06 Nov 06

Smokey, find cover, rapidly….

The retardant they use in the water comes out like house bricks…

CouldExpire CouldExpire 2:26 pm 06 Nov 06

Well after the screw up with the Canberra fires and the current weather patterns, kind of cant blame them for the over kill with a 3rd chopper.

ant ant 9:39 pm 31 Oct 06

that must have been the thing that went overhead the other evening. Very, very loud!

biogaz78 biogaz78 4:52 pm 31 Oct 06

As a person who grew up in Adelaide and was there during the Ash Wednesday bush fires of 1982/83 I would havew thought they would be better off with the 3rd sky crane helicopter.

Surely Canberra is close enough to Sydney for us to use theirs?!

smokey2 smokey2 4:29 pm 31 Oct 06

An awesome beast. When they first brought out Elvis several years ago they assembled it in Perth and flew it across the Nullabour to Melbourne. Had to refuel it every 200 kms. Yankie pilots got a little bored so started chasing roos in it causing them to run out of fuel before the next pickup point.
The debate at the local fire station was what to do if dumped on by Elvis. Stand erect or lie flat. Either way your stuffed.
I wonder where it was last week when the yanks lost a truck in California?

captainwhorebags captainwhorebags 4:06 pm 31 Oct 06

snahon, maybe they said, in their best Arnie voice


Mr Evil Mr Evil 2:42 pm 31 Oct 06

I think it will be under some sort of joint control and will be sent wherever it’s required.

Thumper Thumper 2:39 pm 31 Oct 06

Thanks Area,

I’ll check it out later.

areaman areaman 2:31 pm 31 Oct 06

They’re run by an independent body financed by the Feds and the States and Territories:

snahon snahon 2:30 pm 31 Oct 06

I hope the firies said (in their best elvis voice) “Thankyou, Thankyou very much”

Thumper Thumper 2:19 pm 31 Oct 06

By the way, will the chopper come under ESA control?

Or will it be joint NSW/ACT or even federal given that I believe Federal money was used to procure the beast for the fire season.


Thumper Thumper 2:16 pm 31 Oct 06

P{robably overkill but given half of the ACTs rural fire tankers are US, maybe not a bad move.

Besides, it can hammer fires from Sydney to Melbourne if based here.

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