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Thats really gotta change the dynamics of the plane as he unloads

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I saw on the news a DC 10 fire drop costs 20K a drop.😳
 

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Have a buddy who is a senior pilot for Delta. He tells me just making one pass with one of the large jet aircraft is Bucket List stuff for many commercial airline pilots.
 

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Unfortunately, the 747 tanker has been pulled from service. The company has ceased operations.
Wow picture is not that old. Why? Air frame time, bad business, not effective?
 

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Wow picture is not that old. Why? Air frame time, bad business, not effective?
Tanker 944 (747-400) was only able to get interim approvals to fly for the US Forest Service. They were unable to correct some drop, coverage, and trailing issues. There was also an issue that was preventing it from completely fully emptying the retardant which is a requirement.
 

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Yesterday about 15 miles from my house. right now the fire is estimated around 10000 acres. This guy is laying a retardant line almost in the back yards.
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Cool thread - I’ve always been fascinated by these drops. My son is in both of these pictures. Pretty nice vantage point. View attachment 1013517
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Cool photos! I was on an LACO Fire Crew 1974-1976 @ Camp 9. I witnessed a lot of fire retardant drops firsthand like this. Brush fire PPEs have changed dramatically since then. What are the red canisters the crew members are carrying on their packs? Fire extinguishers?
 

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Cool photos! I was on an LACO Fire Crew 1974-1976 @ Camp 9. I witnessed a lot of fire retardant drops firsthand like this. Brush fire PPEs have changed dramatically since then. What are the red canisters the crew members are carrying on their packs? Fire extinguishers?
I was on the original Camp 9 crew!!! Red canisters are chain saw fuel
 

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Yikes! I’ve forgotten a lot after 47 years! Everything looks so different nowadays. Thanks.
 

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Nice to see the BAe 146 still working. I used to fly on the ones that PSA had in the 80's.
It's a good fire fighting plane. Carries a good amount of retardant and slow enough to effectively drop it.
 

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I was on the original Camp 9 crew!!! Red canisters are chain saw fuel
When I was at Camp 9, Wally Reed was the Camp Superintendent and “Patches” was the camp dog. Great times. I learned a lot.
 
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