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Fire on Yellowstone River island, burning since Sunday

A helicopter is aiding efforts to extinguish a fire that has been burning on an island in the Yellowstone River since Sunday.

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Billings becomes home to the first 2 civilian-owned Chinook helicopters

Billings becomes home to the first 2 civilian-owned Chinook helicopters

The nation’s first pair of civilian-owned Chinook helicopters landed south of Billings on Thursday afternoon — and, since they’re now owned by Billings Flying Service, it’s here they’ll stay until they’re refurbished and put back to work.

February 20, 2014 8:22 pm Video Photos

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Chinook Arrival

Chinook Arrival

The first two CH-47 Chinook helicopters to be released from the military arrive at Billings Flying Service.

February 20, 2014 6:12 pm Photos

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CH-47 chinooks arrive

CH-47 chinooks arrive

The first two Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters to be released from military service arrive at Billings Flying Service on Thursday. The helicopters will be refurbished for fire fighting and heavy lift operations.

February 20, 2014 5:46 pmLoading…
Talking about the chinook

Talking about the chinook

Gary Blain talks about the first two Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters to be released from military service at Billings Flying Service on Thursday. The helicopters will be refurbished for fire fighting and heavy lift operations.

February 20, 2014 5:46 pmLoading…
Looking at the chinook

Looking at the chinook

The first two Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters to be released from military service arrive at Billings Flying Service on Thursday. The helicopters will be refurbished for fire fighting and heavy lift operations.

February 20, 2014 5:46 pmLoading…
Chinook interior

Chinook interior

An interior view shows the first of two Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters to be released from military service at Billings Flying Service on Thursday. The helicopters will be refurbished for fire fighting and heavy lift operations.

February 20, 2014 5:46 pmLoading…
Watching the chinooks

Watching the chinooks

Friends and relatives watch as the first two Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters to be released from military service arrive at Billings Flying Service on Thursday. The helicopters will be refurbished for fire fighting and heavy lift operations.

February 20, 2014 5:46 pmLoading…
Touring the chinook

Touring the chinook

The first two Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters to be released from military service arrive at Billings Flying Service on Thursday. The helicopters will be refurbished for fire fighting and heavy lift operations.

February 20, 2014 5:46 pmLoading…
shutting down the chinooks

shutting down the chinooks

The first two Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters to be released from military service arrive at Billings Flying Service on Thursday. The helicopters will be refurbished for fire fighting and heavy lift operations.

February 20, 2014 5:46 pmLoading…
one of the chinooks

one of the chinooks

The first of two Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters to be released from military service arrives at Billings Flying Service on Thursday. The helicopters will be refurbished for fire fighting and heavy lift operations.

February 20, 2014 5:46 pmLoading…
two chinooks landing

two chinooks landing

The first two Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters to be released from military service arrive at Billings Flying Service on Thursday. The helicopters will be refurbished for fire fighting and heavy lift operations.

February 20, 2014 5:46 pmLoading…
chinook cockpit

chinook cockpit

The Chinook helicopters are “very easy to fly, very straightforward,” Blain said.

February 20, 2014 5:46 pmLoading…
Friends prove it takes a lot of hard work to become your own boss

Friends prove it takes a lot of hard work to become your own boss

Two Billings friends came up with the idea to start their own business when they were cleaning Trinity Lutheran Church on Grand Avenue for a national cleaning service.

January 12, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Gary Blain

Gary Blain

Gary Blain, co-owner of Billings Flying Service, talks about flying Santa around Billings on Christmas Eve. The tradition has been carried out since 1981.

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NTSB issues early report on crash that killed Billings helicopter pilot

NTSB issues early report on crash that killed Billings helicopter pilot

CORTEZ, Colo. — Investigators say a Montana-based helicopter that crashed in Colorado, killing the pilot, was carrying a load suspended from a cable, and the load struck the ground just before the aircraft plummeted to earth.

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Montana high school students get up-close look at aviation

Montana high school students get up-close look at aviation

LAUREL — It didn't take long for Kylee Weidinger, 14, to get her money's worth after the five-hour drive Tuesday from Lima to Billings for the Aviation Career Exploration Academy.

May 07, 2013 6:19 pm Photos

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Cleaning up on the spill

Cleaning up on the spill

The estimated 600 workers who have arrived in Billings to help clean up oil from the ExxonMobil spill into the Yellowstone River are snapping up hotel rooms, irrigation boots, waders, clothing, life vests, GPS tracking devices, mosquito repellent, snake gaiters, burgers and beer.

July 17, 2011 12:10 am Photos

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Flight restrictions imposed over ExxonMobil spill

Flight restrictions imposed over ExxonMobil spill

The Federal Aviation Administration has restricted private pilots from flying below 500 feet over the Yellowstone River from the site of the ExxonMobil oil spill at Laurel to Pompeys Pillar.

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Hazardous material containers

Hazardous material containers

Hazardous material containers are on site as a small city has taken shape at Billings Flying Service as ExxonMobile cleans up the oil pipeline break on Sunday,July 10, 2011.

July 10, 2011 2:25 pmLoading…

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