Frank Borgeson Interview, July 21, 1984


Frank Borgeson


Kathy Root



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Frank Borgeson describes his career as a pilot for smokejumpers which began in 1958 when he worked as a pilot for Johnson Flying Service out of McCall, Idaho. Borgeson talks about flying for the U.S. Forest Service directly and becoming the Chief Pilot for the U.S. Forest Service in Missoula, Montana, in 1966. He describes flying planes like the Travelaire 6000 and Ford Trimotor on both fire jumps and rescue jumps. Borgeson talks about the training and skill of smokejumpers. He also discusses becoming the first permanent Chief Pilot at the national level in 1976, based out of Boise, Idaho. He describes his duties in that position, which included leading the Infrared Detection Program, which was developed at the Northern Forest Fire Laboratory in Missoula, Montana.


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Document Type

Oral History


Air pilots West (United States) Biography, Smokejumping West (United States) History; McCall, Idaho; Missoula, Montana; Boise, Idaho; Infrared Detection Program; Northern Forest Fire Laboratory

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 133-006

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.): analog + 1 transcript (21 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:31:37 minutes

Local Filename

OH_133_006.mp3; OH_133_006.pdf

Frank Borgeson Interview, July 21, 1984
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