Ralph G. Johnston Interview
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Ralph Johnston discusses his involvement with the U.S. Forest Service using helicopters in firefighting, starting in 1957. He describes the use of helicopters in forest fire control, including as transportation for smokejumpers and for water, retardant, and cargo drops. Johnston talks about the early skepticism about using helicopters to fight fires, the training methods that were developed, and how both the technology and the regulations have evolved over time.
The audio for this interview is available at Archives and Special Collections, but has not yet been digitized.
Smokejumping History; Helicopters; Airdrop; Forest fires Prevention and control
Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (35 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (16 p. : 28 cm.)
Johnston, Ralph G., "Ralph G. Johnston Interview" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection. OH 133-052.