Air tanker


Mon July 30, 2012

New Study Says Retardant Dropping Air Tankers Out, Water Scooper Planes In

A Canadair CL-415, or 'super scooper' operating out of Dryden, Ontario.
Saleen219 Wikipedia/CreativeCommons

A new study released by the RAND Corporation, a non partisan think tank, says the U.S. Forest Service should move away from retardant dropping heavy air tankers as a primary aerial firefighting tool to more cost effective ‘scooper planes’ that drop water.

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Tue July 3, 2012

After South Dakota Crash, MAFFS C-130's Back In The Air

A modified military C-130H Hercules plane performs a test drop earlier this year during MAFFS training day at Peterson AFB, Colorado Springs.
Jim Hill KUNC

As numerous fires continue to burn across Colorado and the western United States, the fatal crash of a key part of the firefighting effort concerned officials battling the blazes.  

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Fri June 29, 2012

Entire MAFFS C-130 Fleet Activated To Fight Western Wildfires

A MAFFS C130 drops its payload over the Waldo Canyon Fire.
The National Guard Flickr - Creative Commons

The US Forest Service has mobilized four additional military C130’s to assist with wildfire suppression efforts in Colorado bringing the entire fleet into service. The last time all eight of the specially equipped planes were activated was 4 years ago.

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Mon June 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Wildfires Grow In Colorado; C-130 Cargo Planes Called In To Help

A wildfire burns near houses outside Colorado Springs, Colo., Sunday, when the fire grew to more than three square miles. More than 11,000 residents have been evacuated.
Bryan Oller AP

In Colorado, high temperatures and extremely low humidity are feeding destructive wildfires, forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents from endangered areas that include popular tourist sites. According to The Denver Post, the Waldo Canyon fire "has burned 3,446 acres and remains zero percent contained."

Fires are also raging in Utah, where the AP reports that "hundreds of residents evacuated ahead of a 39-square-mile blaze."

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Sun June 24, 2012
Air Tankers

MAFFS C-130’s Activated To Fight Western Wildfires

A MAFFS C-130 taxiing at Peterson AFB
Jim Hill KUNC

The U.S. Forest Service has requested four Air Force C-130 Hercules air tankers equipped with MAFFS be activated to assist the civilian air tanker fleet.

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