As many of us watched the Petezetels flying continuously in the fires yesterday you many may wonder what the cockpits look like, how they operate , how the water is released and much more, here is a video taken in Kefalonia which answers all those questions and many more described by the pilot.
Peter Lee who took this video commented yesterday as follows
I would Just like to say, (probably on behalf of most people here in Kefalonia), how impressed and thankful I am for the Firefighters, both ground crews and aerial firefighters, for the thorough job they do against difficult circumstances on the fireground.
Today in strong winds and facing a developing huge blaze, I saw nothing but determination and hard graft from the firefighters, some who receive no pay at all for volunteering. various fixed wing aircraft and helicopters too, they co-ordinated with the ground forces to beat the fire before it spread too far.
The professionalism is beyond doubt and enthusiasm is 100 per cent.
A big thank you!!
It demonstrates the skill the pilot needs to fly these aging aircraft….
source – FB post of peter Lee