1. JFDee

    JFDee Senior Member

    It looks like the ex-Evergreen plane finally has its great moment.
    https://www.cnet.com/news/747-supertanker-fights-california-wildfires/



    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=Fox_xomGgFg
     
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  2. Whitebeard

    Whitebeard Senior Member

    One interesting aside. That is, or so I have been lead to believe, the largest flying tanker in the world. Yet it appears to dump its entire load in around 10 seconds. Put the whole jets laying a horizon to horizon 'chemtrail' into context.
     
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  3. M Bornong

    M Bornong Senior Member

    http://globalsupertanker.com/b747-400-supertanker/
     
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  4. M Bornong

    M Bornong Senior Member

    I caught the Global Super Tanker (GST944) on Flightradar24 during one of it's first deployments in California, This was the Ponderosa Fire. August 31, 2017.

    PonderosaFire.
     
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  5. cloudspotter

    cloudspotter Senior Member

    Screenshot from the video tanker.JPG

    http://globalsupertanker.com/b747-400-supertanker/


    (ETA make sure you watch the video to the end :D )
     
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  6. JFDee

    JFDee Senior Member

    It's indeed worth it. However, the umbrella did look somewhat battered ...
     
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  7. David Fraser

    David Fraser Senior Member

    Slightly off topic but I was interested to find that Evergreen were not the only ones to adapt a big jet. There are a couple of DC 10s flying about, Although their payload is carried in a pod under the belly.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/DC-10_Air_Tanker
     
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  8. SR1419

    SR1419 Senior Member

    Not sure if this is the same plane or not (I think so) but its an awesome video of a drop on the recent Paradise fire. Interesting that the smaller lead plane marks the spot for the big jet.


    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=44&v=N59FEqoRvJo
     
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  9. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Yeah, when I watched that I was first like "pfft, that's not very big", and then I was like "OMG!"
     
  10. SR1419

    SR1419 Senior Member

    Yea- when I first posted I realized some might think it was joke- so edited to mention the lead plane
     
  11. Mechanik

    Mechanik New Member

    They did something similar during the Sand fire in 2017. I think it was the DC-10 they deployed during that one but they also had the smaller prop-driven Canadian droppers in the mix. It took a bit to figure out what was happening, but the spotter planes would circle the fire for 20-30 minutes, but then would suddenly head towards Van Nuys (where the Poland’s were reloading) and then turn around and lead the big guy onto the target. The press at the time indicated that the spotter was taking direction from the ground crews, combined with their own high level view to try to determine the best path for the huge Phos-Chek dumps.

    This was happening anywhere from a mile to 5 from my house and the suppression effect on the fire line was astounding. Our local mountains were pink for nearly 6 months.
     
  12. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Moderator Staff Member

    I was going to ask what the red stuff actually is, so thanks for that.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phos-Chek

    Attapulgus clay is an magnesium/aluminium silicate, so they're actually dropping aluminium compounds to suppress fires, not to accelerate them, as the conspiracy theorists would have it.