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Veteran gets Huey fly-by as final send-off

Veteran gets Huey fly-by as final send-off

LAUREL — Every attendee at the funeral of Francis Vincent Doheny could feel the pounding of a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter as it passed overhead, chugging over the Yellowstone National Cemetery at 110 knots.

November 19, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Flying service soon to add heavy-lifting helicopters to fleet

Flying service soon to add heavy-lifting helicopters to fleet

Up until now, only the U.S. military has had access to the behemoth Chinook CH-47D helicopter.

September 05, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Al Blain, co-owner of Billings Flight Service

Al Blain, co-owner of Billings Flight Service

Al Blain, co-owner of Billings Flying Service, talks about his new Chinook CH-47D helicopters.

August 28, 2014 1:33 pmLoading…
Al Blain co-owner of Billings Flight Service

Al Blain co-owner of Billings Flight Service

Al Blain, right, co-owner of Billings Flying Service, walks through one of his new Chinook CH-47 helicopters with Ebert Stanton, his chief of maintenance.

August 28, 2014 1:33 pmLoading…

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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