This is the "grounds-eye view" of an air tanker just before the drop begins. (Grin) Well, OK, there wasn't an actual drop of fire retardant taking place, but the view here is the same as if a drop WAS (* "WAS" is incorrect ... see Lucius Gravely comment below) WERE just about to occur. Tanker 31 (N130FF), a Lockheed EC-130Q (Coulson Next Generation Air Tanker #131), comes low overhead during an FAA certification flight at Reno Stead Airport. My sincere Thanks to Capt. Tim for the invitation to observe and photograph the day's activities.