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This Is One Well-Researched Story

Several members of the film's production team paid a visit to the Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base with CalFire to research background for the film's setting, characters, and dialogue. "We had a version of the story that we bounced off them," says writer Jeff Howard.

For those of us (myself included) who were unfamiliar with air rescue before seeing the movie, it's pretty incredible to know that the story mimics reality (minus the talking planes).

Source: Walt Disney Studios