This is the ultimate fire-fighting weapon and, considering the cost of lives and property loss from California fires over the past decades, and the difficulty firefighters on the ground have accessing mountainous areas where some of the worst fires seem to be, one wonders why a bunch of these aren’t on the State of California’s call 24/7.
Human beings have created incredible technology but seem to resist using it when needed.
But one of the Global Super Tankers was called in, late, to the Camp Fire as this story from Daily Mall reports.
The Global SuperTanker, a Boeing 747 modified for fire suppression drops, has arrived in Northern California to fight the Camp Fire.
The privately-owned SuperTanker arrived in Sacramento on Friday and has flown at least five sorties over the Camp Fire since then, according to flight records.
The SuperTanker has almost twice the capacity of the next largest aerial tanker. It can deliver 19,200 gallons in one drop or segmented drops and has a top speed of 600mph.
The tanker system is approved for retardant, gel, foam and water drops or the combination of any two of these agents. G
Ground servicing for another sortie takes approximately 30-35 minutes.
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And there is more info on the plane from Wikipedia, read at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/747_Supertanker