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    Default Firefighting 747 (979) Makes Maiden Fire Drop

    Tanker 979 (747 Supertanker) Maiden Fire Drop

    MyFoxLA was the first to follow the Supertanker as it circled the Station Fire and made its first drop on a live fire. This day has been long in coming for the people at Evergreen Aviation in Marana Arizona.

    The tanker offers up 20,000 gallons per load. Consider that Tanker 910, the DC-10 Supertanker delivers 12,000 gallons.

    There is a new weapon over California fires and it is about time.

    http://www.stumbleupon.com/s/#2XCW7H...den-fire.html/

    Clicking the video at that link takes you to a larger version here:
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    You have to love some of these dull-witted announcers. "This tanker carries 20 thousand gallons of water. Compare that to a DC 10, which carries 10 thousand gallons. So this is almost twice as big as that".

    Neat stuff, nonetheless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    You have to love some of these dull-witted announcers. "This tanker carries 20 thousand gallons of water. Compare that to a DC 10, which carries 10 thousand gallons. So this is almost twice as big as that".

    Neat stuff, nonetheless.
    Indeed. What's weird though is that every time I hear the word "modified" is used to describe the planes, all I can think of is that old episode of The Odd Couple where the pilot tells Oscar and Felix that the plane is a modified 727...when asked how it was modified, the pilot replies, "It was painted last week."
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    how long does it take to mobilize this thing and then reload it if/when the first 20,000 gallons doesn't put the fire out?
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    how long does it take to mobilize this thing and then reload it if/when the first 20,000 gallons doesn't put the fire out?
    I heard that for the 747 tank, they have about an hour downtime once they return to the base to refill.

    What's crazy is that the reason they don't use the 747's, DC-10's more is because the cost is extremely expensive, which I don't doubt.

    I bet it is a awesome thing to watch up close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane Halen View Post
    HH<----I would love my firetruck to be a 747---------
    Wait a minute...last year you wanted a firetruck that was a BBQ grill. Now you want a jet? Make up your mind!



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