Air Shasta Bell 407HP N555AS

Print Sizes Available: 

  • Large: 17 x 13"
  • Small: 11 x 8.5"

Illustrated and signed by: Eric Lian

Air Shasta Bell 407HP N555AS is a special request from the crews and friends who worked with pilot Tony Sousa, Assistant Chief Josh Bischof, and Fire Captain Tim Rodriguez . Meticulously detailed, the helicopter is set against the American flag, and the description text is bordered by the Cal Fire logo, the California state flag, and the Air Shasta logo. (This is not a photograph or screen capture from a simulator)

  • Edition Size: Open
  • Paper Type: Heavy Weight Luster
  • Ink Type: Lucia EX Archival Pigment 
  • Illustrated by: Eric Lian
  • Published and printed by: Lian Media

The description on the print as requested by the customer:

Helicopter N555AS was a Bell 407HP owned and operated by Air Shasta. 5AS was on an Exclusive Use Contract with CAL FIRE for use as a full-time Helicopter Coordinator (HLCO) platform during the fire season. Powered by the Honeywell HTS900, 5AS excelled in high and hot environments. This proved to be extremely useful, as the HLCO platform had to routinely work in a hot and high environment. As well as giving the department a faster, more powerful, yet more fuel-efficient aircraft, the radio package was excellent as well. Boasting a 3x3 package (3 AM radios, 3 FM radios), the pilot and HLCOs had the frequencies they needed for use in a complex fire environment.

Sadly, N555AS crashed after a mid-air collision with another aircraft while working on the Broadway incident near the city of Cabazon in Riverside County, California, on August 6, 2023. Pilot Tony Sousa, Helicopter Coordinator Assistant Chief Josh Bischof, and Helicopter Coordinator Trainee Fire Captain Tim Rodriguez perished in the crash. Our partners, our friends... they will forever be in our hearts and minds when we take to the air.

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