1 Old 747 + 20k Gallons of H2O = 1 Aerial Fire Tanker

Well, someone took an older 747-200 and modified the damn thing to carry a hell of a lot of water and reconfigured it to dump said same water on forest and wild fires.

News link is here.

Now, I'm sure most counties can't afford to run this thing let alone buy one, but it sure would have been nice to have one of these a few years ago when all the forest fires were burning up parts of San Bernadino, Riverside and San Diego counties.

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I just can't see that thing performing well in the tight mountain valleys, but on more open BLM land and hills, sure why not. Until the wings start falling off like the c-130s.

Druidpeak wrote:

I just can't see that thing performing well in the tight mountain valleys, but on more open BLM land and hills, sure why not. Until the wings start falling off like the c-130s. ;)

They dropped this thing to 500 ft before they dropped the water as well. No place around here can really allow a 747-200 to be only 500 feet off the friggin' ground.

CEJ wrote:
Druidpeak wrote:

I just can't see that thing performing well in the tight mountain valleys, but on more open BLM land and hills, sure why not. Until the wings start falling off like the c-130s. ;)

They dropped this thing to 500 ft before they dropped the water as well. No place around here can really allow a 747-200 to be only 500 feet off the friggin' ground.

The FAA tends to make exceptions when people are on fire.

LobsterMobster wrote:
CEJ wrote:
Druidpeak wrote:

I just can't see that thing performing well in the tight mountain valleys, but on more open BLM land and hills, sure why not. Until the wings start falling off like the c-130s. ;)

They dropped this thing to 500 ft before they dropped the water as well. No place around here can really allow a 747-200 to be only 500 feet off the friggin' ground.

The FAA tends to make exceptions when people are on fire.

Noted. However, getting buzzed by a Huey is a lot different than a 747.

Pretty good idea if you ask me. Don't know why Evergreen hasn't tried this before as they have dozens of flyable 747s sitting outside of Tucson at a private strip.

CEJ wrote:
LobsterMobster wrote:
CEJ wrote:
Druidpeak wrote:

I just can't see that thing performing well in the tight mountain valleys, but on more open BLM land and hills, sure why not. Until the wings start falling off like the c-130s. ;)

They dropped this thing to 500 ft before they dropped the water as well. No place around here can really allow a 747-200 to be only 500 feet off the friggin' ground.

The FAA tends to make exceptions when people are on fire.

Noted. However, getting buzzed by a Huey is a lot different than a 747.

On the upside, it'll make for one hell of a icebreaker at parties.

It wouldn't seem to me to be a plane you'd want to take low and slow, but at least if it crashes there will be plenty of water aboard to put out the resulting fire.

However, I guess this is one of those projects where you have to assume as a layman that the experts have figured out all the different angles/problems. Like with NASA and the Space Shuttle.

Funkenpants wrote:

Like with NASA and the Space Shuttle.

But of course. After all, they got this one right after the first one crashed.

"We've got motherf*cking water on the motherf*cking plane, motherf*ckers."

Well, it's certainly better than those crappy P3 Orions that the CDF had to ground because the wings had the funny habit of falling off while in flight.

Druidpeak wrote:

I just can't see that thing performing well in the tight mountain valleys, but on more open BLM land and hills, sure why not.

You'd be surprised. I flew in one of these at about 500 feet off the ground through all sorts of tight mountain valleys in Washington state. I spent a good deal of time looking up at the trees.

Rat Boy wrote:

Well, it's certainly better than those crappy P3 Orions that the CDF had to ground because the wings had the funny habit of falling off while in flight.

P3's got grounded because the C-130's kept losing wings randomly. Company that runs only Orion's out of Missoula MT had there whole business shut down for a while.