Wes Brown

Joe Niesen, Dave Ward, Wes Brown, Troop Emonds pause in June 1966 before their first rookie jump

Joe Niesen, Dave Ward, Wes Brown, Troop Emonds pause in June 1966 before their first rookie jump

Joe Niesen, Dave Ward, Wes Brown, Troop Emonds pause in June 1966 before their first rookie jump

Son of a Beech

Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museums new Twin Beech, June 1 2013 Beech retrieval

Siskiyou Smokejumper Museum's "new" Twin Beech waiting in Bandon for a tow to Cave Junction.

The Siskiyou Smokejumper Base was home to seven different types of jump planes during the near four decades of its existence. The Twin Beech was there the longest, from 1954 until 1974, 20 years. Though it stumbled a few times, overall, it was a steady and reliable workhorse for jump bases throughout the west.

The newly established Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum is fast becoming a popular tourist stop and the visitors thoroughly enjoy learning about smokejumping and firefighting. The loft, parachutes, jump suits, tools, stories of jumping and firefighting are fine; but, how can you tell the full story of smokejumping without an airplane?

Wes Brown and Patricia Brandt Mixing Paint, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Wes Brown and Patricia Brandt Mixing Paint, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Wes Brown and Patricia Brandt Mixing Paint, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Wes Brown, Gary Buck, Tommy Albert, and Commissioner Dave Toler, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Wes Brown, Gary Buck, Tommy Albert, and Commissioner Dave Toler, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Wes Brown, Gary Buck, Tommy Albert, and Commissioner Dave Toler, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Sharon Westcott, Wes Brown, Gary Buck, and Commissioner Dave Toler, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Sharon Westcott, Wes Brown, Gary Buck, and Commissioner Dave Toler, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Sharon Westcott, Wes Brown, Gary Buck, and Commissioner Dave Toler, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Wes Brown and Chuck Sheley, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Wes Brown and Chuck Sheley, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Wes Brown and Chuck Sheley, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Wes Brown Working by West Side of the Loft, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Wes Brown Working by West Side of the Loft, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Wes Brown Working by West Side of the Loft, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Gary Buck and Wes Brown, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Gary Buck and Wes Brown, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009

Gary Buck and Wes Brown, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 26, 2009
Subscribe to RSS - Wes Brown


Mick Swift climbs a giant ponderosa pine tree to retrieve his parachute

Mick Swift climbs a giant ponderosa pine tree to retrieve his parachute


grants pass courier article june 19 2010


Smokejumper uses propeller to crank-start Fairchild jump plane before jump

Smokejumper uses propeller to crank-start Fairchild jump plane before jump