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Federal firefighting managers peruse the ''optionally-piloted'' K-MAX helicopter at the Lucky Peak Helibase in Idaho. "UAT" on the fuselage stands for Unmanned Aerial Truck. (Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)
Federal firefighting managers peruse the ''optionally-piloted'' K-MAX helicopter at the Lucky Peak Helibase in Idaho. "UAT" on the fuselage stands for Unmanned Aerial Truck. (Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)
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Consumer drones look like child's play after you get a gander at the unmanned, water-dropping helicopter that was pitched to the federal government this month. The K-MAX chopper is the largest of several remotely-piloted firefighting aircraft to get a tryout this year for firefighting duty. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Tom Banse of Northwest News Network reports from Boise, Idaho.

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