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Originally posted by Zaphod58
It's the CL-215, CL-215T, and CL-415. They can make successive drops for up to four hours before having to refuel, by skimming water off a lake or resovoir. Here's a link for stats/performance and pics.
Just In Time For Fire Season -- Certification Of Evergreen 747 Tanker Delayed
Fri, 12 May '06
Company Says Cert Will Come In July At Earliest
Evergreen International Aviation, which has put considerable cost and development time into a 747-200 water bomber the company says represents a "quantum leap" for fighting wildfires, reports the mammoth tanker is ready to fly... but won't be certified in time for this year's expected fierce wildfire season.
Worse, the US Forest Service's jitters and red tape have effectively killed an even bigger firefighting aircraft, a Boeing 747 Supertanker that was converted into a water-bomber capable of dropping 24,000 gallons of retardant -- twice as much as even Tanker 910.