MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13602 posts, RR: 63 Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2238 times:
While I was working in CIA, Rome, Italy some years ago, where the Italians have based a big part of their water bomber fleet, I had a talk with one of their pilots.
Waterbombing is one of the most dangerous kinds of flying today. Theyare flying at low level, between mountains through smoke and extremely strong turbulences. While the Canadair water bombers have passenger seats in the back (used e.g. by mechanics and ground crew when being deployed to some other base), during actual fire fighting only the pilots are allowed to be on board.
The planes themselvesare extremely sturdy and rugged.
Beaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 25 Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2116 times:
This picture was taken off the journal "La Provence" ( the local Provence newspaper where I live..)- sorry for the poor quality ..
It shows the rear-seaction falling off during flight,indicating a structural problem with the Bomabrdier water-bombers.
it is a sad story,involving criminal elements in France that deliberately put fire on forrests in order to push those lands to become constructible.
Law -enforcment rarely catches those individuals and I wonder to what extent french authorithies are a little too laxist against those criminals...!!!