Every now and then you make that special bond with a certain aircraft. I have flown many different aircraft/models/types/categories but I only have a few machines that are really dear to my heart. Everybody who’s been following us over the past years sure has heard about “Panaca Jane” I’m sure. She was one of those machines who never let me down for many years and still stands out as one of the top 3. It also turned out that by giving her a name, the crew paid extra attention to her and took great care of her. She wasn’t just a vehicle; she was part of the crew.

This year she retired from fire and started a new life in the power-line inspection/construction world. And yes, she still is painted the original baby blue / baby poo.

If she could talk, what would she say?