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Gene died in the crash of his airtanker Sept. 1, 2008, just north of Reno, Nevada. He was licensed as a pilot in 1979 and flew retardant, smokejumpers, and lead plane during his career. Gene was Chief Pilot for Neptune Aviation of Missoula, Montana.
Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries
National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Wahlstrom, Calvin "Gene" (Pilot 0000)" (2008). Smokejumper Obituaries. 1015.