As the air warms up for hot summer temperatures, fire hazard warnings will be posted in natural forests all over the country. But if all goes well for a converted 747 cargo supertanker, this season’s fires could be dowsed with seven times the normal amount of water with each fly by.
This "Plane Delivers Super Help" reports the Tallahassee Democrat. In a test drop over the Tallahassee Regional Airport on Thursday, 205,000 gallons of water was dumped from an altitude of 500 feet at a velocity of 180 mph. According to the report, "The supertanker is made by an Oregon firm, which is in negotiations with the U.S. Forest Service to sell or lease the supertankers."