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Friscodog
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This person is a hero at 19 years old!!
Forget anyone in NBA, NFL, MLB, etc. This 19yo female chinook fire fighting pilot is a true hero..



Meet Ashli Blain - a 19-year old - flying a CH-47D Chinook fire-fighting chopper for Billings Flying Service - keyword being fire-fighting. I mean there is flying, and there is fire-fighting flying - No one gets into fire-fighting for the fun or glamor of it - one needs passion, loads of commitment and understanding of the risks involved. Then there is flying and helicopter flying. She got type-rated on UH-60A Utility Hawks last year when she was 18, and probably got her flying license before that - and this year she is flying a Chinook no less. Looking at other 19-year olds and looking at her - I appreciate the maturity she has got at this age to pilot the mighty Chinook into a fire, and her parents for supporting her career. She can be a role-model to so many other folks in these times irrespective of age, and gender to follow their passion - Hats off!!


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re: This person is a hero at 19 years old!!
IWHIH

I would hit it heroically


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eng08
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re: This person is a hero at 19 years old!!
Worked with those choppers for a bit during an emergency. They are massive and the pilots were doing crazy shite placing material blind.


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Diamondawg
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re: This person is a hero at 19 years old!!
Dang. Good for her. I have underwear older than her.
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Harry Rex Vonner
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re: This person is a hero at 19 years old!!
God bless her


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kclsufan
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re: This person is a hero at 19 years old!!
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Dang. Good for her. I have underwear older than her.


I lol'ed


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HeadSlash
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re: This person is a hero at 19 years old!!
Props to her parents for doing a great job.


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Props to her parents for doing a great job.


And spending an ungodly amount of money to get her stick time in an S70 for the type rating. There’s a reason most of these pilots are former military.


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roadGator
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re: This person is a hero at 19 years old!!
Is that a cross around her neck?

Progs must cancel her.


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re: This person is a hero at 19 years old!!
That’s amazing. I’m shocked a company would allow a 19 year old to pilot one, especially doing firefighting work.


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Props to her parents for doing a great job.


And paying for everything it took to get her the flying hours lol.


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CGSC Lobotomy
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re: This person is a hero at 19 years old!!
I can imagine her telling a potential suitor, "I fly Chinooks into wildfires, you don't impress me."


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shutterspeed
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re: This person is a hero at 19 years old!!
But is she an activist?


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Saint Alfonzo
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That’s amazing. I’m shocked a company would allow a 19 year old to pilot one, especially doing firefighting work.


If she's qualified to fly it, she's more than capable to do so. You earn the qualification, it isn't given to you. Do you have any idea how many snot nose kids fly military aircraft?


vl100butch
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Her parents own the company...she's been flying since she was 13...

good on her, wish more young people could have the opportunity to learn to fly and/or maintain aircraft


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idlewatcher
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re: This person is a hero at 19 years old!!
Haha that’s crazy. Had no idea you could get your pilots license so young. Props to that young gal


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geaux88
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Wow. Age 19 and flying Chinooks? Over wildfires? That is seriously Greatest Generation/WWII type of shite right there...

That young lady is a Great American, as are her parents. Let this be an example to all young Americans.


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TrueTiger
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re: This person is a hero at 19 years old!!
It's the summer of teen heroes.


First Kyle Rittenhouse,and now this young lady.


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