I’m not sure how it happens, but I get into the strangest conversations with people. I visited Deer Park Municipal Airport yesterday to meet the crew behind the Fire Boss, a fire fighting aircraft.
The pilot, Eric Johnson, says he scoops up about 800 gallons of water to drop on fires and there’s even a window in the cockpit where he can see the water in the hopper.
Johnson: I have a little window in front of my knees where I can see [the water]. If there’s a goldfish in there, I can see him swim by.
Me: Have you ever scooped up any fish?
Johnson: Not really, but it makes for a good story. I could have Fred the Goldfish. He could be my pet.
Me: Until you drop him on a fire.
Johnson: Well, he bites on a line and hangs on.