Sep 17, 2020
Ashli Blain: 19-Year-Old Helicopter Pilot Spent Part of Summer Vacation Fighting Wildfires
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Ashli Blain is the 19-year-old Montana pilot who was helping to fight the Santa Clara Unit Lightning Complex fires alongside her father during her summer vacation. The SCU Lightning Complex is the second-largest wildfire in California’s history.
Blain told NBC Montana in an interview that she grew up around aircraft throughout her life.Blain says that her mother brought her for a helicopter in order to attend a party when the teen pilot was two weeks old. Blain says in the interview that she has been piloting since she was 13.
Here’s what you need to know:1. Blain Was Still Fighting a Fire 7 Hours Before She Was Due at College Orientation
Teen Helicopter Pilot Fight California Wildfire: Meet 19-year-old Ashli BlainBillings teen joined effort to fight California wildfire: MISSOULA, Mont. — More than 2.3 million acres in California have burned this year alone. The SCU Lightning Complex Fire has burned nearly 397,000 acres in the past 22 days. One 19-year-old Billings woman joined the fight. "I've been around airplanes and helicopters pretty much since I…2020-09-12T08:32:18Z
Blain describes herself as “lucky” in saying that her father and uncle run a helicopter company in Billings, Montana, named Billings Flying Service. Toward the end of August, Blain says that she and her father were called in to assist with the SCU Lightning Complex fire. Blain says, “It was massive. One of the biggest fires I have ever seen.” Blain says that she began fighting fires during the summer of 2019.
Blain says that she worked with her father on the SCU fire until 2 a.m. on August 30. At 9 a.m., Blain was due at orientation at Rocky Mountain College in Billings.2. Blain Says She Has Been Subjected to ‘Snide Comments’ From ‘Older Men’ Since Becoming a Pilot
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There are few women involved in helicopter flying, Blain says. Blain says that during morning briefings there are “only maybe two other girls there.” Blain has suffered through “snide comments over the years” but that those incidents are rare and usually come from “older men.” Blain is a copilot in the Chinook Helicopter and a command pilot in a Blackhawk helicopter.
Blain is studying accountancy at Rocky Mountain College. She describes her chosen course as “kind of boring compared to flying, but it’s useful.” Blain also says, “Unfortunately, I can’t get out on fires, which is a bit of a bummer for me, especially with how the season’s picked up.” In a 2019 profile, Blain said that she was planning to have a career in aviation. In that same profile, Blain said that her dream aircraft was a Ford Trimotor. Blain added that she “loves taildraggers because they’re just fun to fly!”
One person commented on the 2019 profile in September 2020 writing, “Thank you for being an incredible role model, especially for young women. It is incredibly inspiring to see a young person like yourself pursue your dreams with passion and courage. Sending you a big virtual hug for your efforts in the Creek fire as well as prayers for your safety.”3. Blain’s Father & Uncle Set Up Billings Flying Service in December 1983
Billings helicopter retrofitted for better firefightingBillings helicopter retrofitted for better firefighting2018-04-20T22:07:44Z
According to Billings Flying Service’s website, the company has worked with the United States Forest Service since 1997. The website says that their aircraft can deliver up to 2,600 gallons of water or retardant.
Another section of the Billings Flying Service website says that the business was founded by Al and Gary Blain in December 1983. The profile says that their business was built “on their thorough knowledge and passion for aviation.”
The company was recruited to operate helicopters in the smash-hit movies Need for Speed in 2014 and Suicide Squad in 2016.4. On the Strength of Her Newfound Fame, Blain Has Set Up Her First Instagram Account
Facebook/Vickie BlainAshli Blain pictured on her mother’s Facebook in 2019.
On the Billings Flying Service Facebook page, Blain is referred to as an “amazing pilot and an even better person.”
In the wake of her newfound fame, Blain set up an Instagram account for the first time. Blain said on her page, “I’ve never been into Instagram but since I’ve had a recent influx of interest, I suppose I should join the party.”5. Helicopters Have Been Described as a ‘Multitool’ in Fighting Large Fires
Helicopters rescue over 200 from Calif. wildfiresRescuers in military helicopters airlifted 207 people to safety after an explosive wildfire trapped them in a popular camping area in California’s Sierra National Forest. Dozens of fires are burning in California. (Sept. 7) Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPress Website: https://apnews.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP Facebook: https://facebook.com/APNews Google+: https://plus.google.com/115892241801867723374 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/APNews/ You can license this…2020-09-07T08:00:49Z
The president and CEO of Helicopter Association International, Matt Zuccaro, told Rotor.org about the importance of helicopter pilots during wildfires saying:
Helicopters are very much like a multitool for incident commanders to use in a variety of missions when fighting these massive fires. Helicopters crews can directly attack the fire using water or retardant; they can quickly deploy firefighters or supplies to remote areas; they can serve as an observation post or direct air traffic; or they provide search-and-rescue or air ambulance services as needed. If needed, some helicopters can even switch between roles over the course of a day.
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New York : Camila Sodi makes the most of summer in Ibiza, from where she showed off her curves with a sexy white bikini
Thalía’s niece shared a series of images, including a video with which she boasted sensual angles of her anatomy
Camila sodi continues to give something to talk about, this time he shared a series of sensual photographs with which he boasted how well he is having on his vacation.
According to the fiery post in which the niece of Thalia posed in daring swimsuits, she is enjoying a few days of rest on the paradisiacal beaches of Ibiza, Spain, from where she revealed some of her best moments.
In the first images, you can see the sensual television star posing with a tiny white bikini, with which her curves were exposed to the delight of her 2.2 million followers who currently accompany her in Instagram.
In the following images, he also shared the exotic dishes from the sea that he has enjoyed. While, to finalize the sexy collection, she published a video in which, in addition to showing off the freckles that adorn part of her chest, she also showed sensual angles of her anatomy.
The images that he described with the text: “Squeezing the summer juice, we only have one life in this body and we have to enjoy it“They already have more than 179 thousand red hearts, which proves that she is one of the favorite artists within this social network.
Days before, he fell in love with his fans by appearing posing with his half sister Tessa Ia, while wearing a sensual transparent pajamas, which attracted the attention of his followers because he was not wearing underwear.