Archive for April 27, 2012
Some Like It Hot (Updates with new background info)
No, this is not an impressionist painting, but a Defense Department photo. It shows a team of firefighters spraying a blazing engine during an aircraft fire training exercise at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The heat waves coming off the fire distort the imagery, so that a layman might assume this piece of art was drawn or painted rather than shot through a camera lens.
A dozen Air Force Reservist firefighters donned chemical protection gear and fire suits — on Friday the 13th no less — before heading into Hurlburt’s aircraft burn pit for their annual refresher course on handling a large frame aircraft fire. Read the full story here.
These firefighters are from the 919th Civil Engineer Squadron of the 919th Special Operations Wing, a Reserve unit based at Eglin Air Force Base’s Duke Field in Florida. The 919th SOW provides and maintains the MC-130E Combat Talon I aircraft, a cargo plane variant that can fly extremely low to drop bombs, propaganda leaflets or special operations troops in covert operations. One of Wing’s units — the 919th Security Forces Squadron — was the first Air Force Reserve unit activated in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The 919th SOW also has one of the strangest unit emblems we’ve ever seen. Your 4GWAR editor would love to hear from a current 919th SOW member or vet who can explain its significance.