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747-200 For Fire Fighting  
User currently offlineCrberkley From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 61 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2809 times:

I heard that there are talks about the National Forrest Service picking up a couple of used 747-200's and converting them in to fire fighting planes. Does anyone have any info on this story??

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User currently offlineLearjet23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2749 times:

Totally ridiculous! A 747 could never remotely maneuver like a fire ship! Too big and not stressed for this.

User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16365 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2709 times:

Correct. A 747 and a DC-10 airframe have been suggested as a test bed.




Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2711 times:

Learjet23

Ridiculous yes. But the blue ribbon commission on guaranteeing that Congress never again has to be bombarded with questions arising from shocking video of wings coming off of C-130s (okay that's not the REAL name of the commission) has pretty well decided that there will be no more use of retired military planes.

If they hold any influence we are more likely to see brand-new, purpose-built B-737 air tankers. Unless we need to curry more political favor with Europe than Seattle, in which case the new air tankers might be from Airbus.





Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offlineCrberkley From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2684 times:

The idea of seeing a 747 in this type of capacity is a bit bizarre, I cant imagine this is even remotely feasible.

User currently offlineJutes85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2647 times:

Still, if you fill the 747 with water, or atleast half of it, would it be able to takeoff?

User currently offlineCrberkley From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2617 times:

I remember hearing that only a portion of the aircraft would be filled with water, and another portion filled with the fire retardant chemicals. Regardless, that has to be a tremendous amount of weight. However, on the other hand there would not be any cargo or pax on board...So I do not know what the weight situation would be like..

User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2980 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2565 times:

Omni Air International is already flying a DC-10 as a testbed. It has done at least one water drop to date. Here is a pic of it in the database, with the tank on the belly
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Photo © Michael Carter



and here it is in action






The last of the famous international playboys
User currently offlineCrberkley From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2468 times:

Spacepope,

thanks for the pic...It is still kind of weird to see such a large bird involved as a fire ship.


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