60 Minutes – September 26 2021 – 9/26/2021 – CBS

On Sunday 26 September 2021 at 7pm ET/PT and 6pm CT, CBS broadcasts a new episode of 60 Minutes featuring three new stories. Tonight’s episode features a story on Liz Cheney, the Wyoming congresswoman whose criticism of Donald Trump has put her at odds with her own constituents, a story on Alexey Molchanov and the extreme sport of free diving as well as a feature on Californian firefighters and their high-tech new weapon to fight fires at night.

Scroll down below to watch a preview from the episode, the stories “King of the Deep”, “Rep. Liz Cheney” and ” Take the Fight to the Night” and for all the latest 60 Minutes stories on 9/26/2021.


King of the Deep 

When Alexey Molchanov broke his latest world record diving to 430 feet on one breath, 60 MINUTES was there to capture the feat. Sharyn Alfonsi reports on the extreme sport of free diving and its king, a man making a name for himself and his sport. Ashley Velie is the producer.


Rep Liz Cheney

Lesley Stahl profiles the Wyoming congresswoman whose criticism of Donald Trump has put her at odds with many of her own constituents and jeopardizes her re-election to the House. Richard Bonin is the producer.


Take the Fight to the Night

California firefighters battling some of the worst wildfires in state history have a new weapon: a fleet of high-tech helicopters – including the heavy-duty chinook that carries 10 times the water other helicopters can – that are able to fight the blazes at night, too. “A game changer,” says one fire chief. Bill Whitaker reports. Heather Abbott is the producer.

California firefighters battling some of the worst wildfires in state history have a new weapon: a fleet of high-tech helicopters – including the giant Chinook helitanker – that, for the first time, will fight fires at night. The Chinook is the largest helicopter to ever fight fires at night, capable of dropping 3000 gallons – about 10 times what other firefighting helicopters can do. For overworked and under-resourced fires chiefs, there’s hope the new fleet will be a game changer. Bill Whitaker reports from California on this new development on the next edition of 60 MINUTES, Sunday, Sept. 26 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Dubbed the “Quick Reaction Force,” the fleet work in pairs. A command helicopter uses advanced night vision technology and infrared cameras to see through the smoke and map the fire, guiding the Chinook to the best drop zone. It couldn’t have come at a more critical time. California is on track for one of the most intense fire years in its history. Firefighters haven’t had a day off in months. Fire chiefs warn there aren’t enough aircraft to go around. “You know, we’re at the point where if we were to send much more, we’re going to have firehouses that are empty. And for the people that we’ve sworn to serve, you know, our taxpayers, it’s not acceptable,” says Orange County Chief Brian Fennessy. “Everything is stretched.”

Fennessy says the intensity of the fires demands a new approach to fighting them, including fighting at night. “The ability to lay retardant line, to continue to drop fire retardant after sundown, that’s a first,” he tells Whitaker. And there’s an added advantage: the fires usually die down at night because of decreased wind and increased humidity.

Wayne Coulson, the CEO of Coulson Aviation, is a pioneer in night firefighting. His company built the fleet with its specially designed tanks that carry either water or retardant. Computers control the tank’s doors, opening and closing at precise GPS locations. “We can fly the aircraft to those GPS points, and the doors will automatically open and close between those points,” he says.


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