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I took this one of the Finning Gazelle around 1990. The was a seagull in the foreground, and with the camera angle, it looked like the gull was being chased.


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C-GDUG is purple one on fires near ft smith 1983

 

c-GOCA catching a lift on barge Liard River

 

C-GOCA at Ft Simpson 1983

 

C-GOCA tail north of Wrigley 1983

 

C-GOCA south of Nahanni Park

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I was in Dryden in1974 working with Kenting.I was with Hugh Ross and Jerry Flesher,we had FFZM an S-58.Have put those pics on here already.Cheers.Viking had a pile of 500 working on that fire.We were day based out of Vermillion Bay.Also worked fires with Bob Thurston in Gypsumville Manitoba the year before he departed.

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I wonder if any of you gents might have a photo of those "stretched" Gazelle C-GSDZ which belonged first to Creighton Holdings and then Finning Tractor & Equipment Co. back in 1980s.

Seems impossible to find...

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Turbowest had one in Ft Simpson, was brown and beige I think. But somehow with a fuel cap missing the fuel sucked out of tank and caught fire and burned.

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Bob Thurston with back to camera giving preflight briefing to me for first vertical reference lesson. What an awesome man and instructor he was.

Thirsty Bob was a great fellow, we had him up here helping us on a drill job in the Chilcotin, early

1980's. Between him and Bob Holt, you couldn't get any better entertainment! (unless Transport Canada inspectors entered the room!!)

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Yes he was full of fun and entertainment. When I was landing on the towers in Saskatchewan in 80s he'd tease me about being a suicide jockey,,,,,next tour he was on the machine. But he was smarter than I was and had it down to a science, 30 seconds per landing, only enough gear in machine for what they needed on that tower. I left too much gear in machine, get in get something get out,,,back and forth,,,etc.

 

You could learn more stuff from him just listening to his stories than most could teach.

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