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Illustrated and signed by: Eric Lian
Cal Fire FIREHAWK Hollister Helitack “Copter 406” N480DF is an art print from an original illustration. (This is not a cut out photograph or screen capture from a flight simulator). Meticulously detailed, the helicopter is set against the California grizzly and the description text is bordered by the Cal Fire logo, the American and state of California flags, and the unit insignia.
Perfect for award presentations, the office or home, or as a gift for that helicopter fan. Printed on high quality, heavy weight Luster paper using a 12-color pigmented, archival ink system.
The description on the print states:
N480DF is a Sikorsky S-70i FIREHAWK medium-lift utility helicopter based at Hollister Municipal Airport (CVH) in Hollister, California. Its twin General Electric T700-701D turboshaft engines generate 3,880 shp powering the aircraft to a top speed of 224 mph (360 kph), a service ceiling of 20,000 ft (6,100 m), and a maximum range of 289 miles (465 km).
Configured for the firefighting and rescue role, the FIREHAWK can transport up to 12 firefighters, perform rescue operations with a starboard mounted 600 lb rescue hoist, and carry out fire suppression with a retractable snorkel feeding a 1000 gallon (3,785 l) Kawak belly tank at a rate of 1000 gallons per minute. The cockpit is equipped with advanced glass multi-functional displays and lighted for night vision goggles allowing fire suppression at night.
Hollister Helitack’s primary responsibility is to respond to callouts for initial attack on wildfires and other emergencies. It is strategically located for quick initial attack on fires in an area that encompasses Oakland-Berkeley Hills, south down to counties near the Pacific coast to the Monterey peninsula, east to Fresno, and north to counties including Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin. Their total area or protection is 3,758,459 acres.