SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 66
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3225 times:
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.
Crberkley From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3131 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..