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mhambi
05-20-2004, 13:14
this looks like fun!


http://www.evergreenaviation.com/supertanker/index.html


there's a low res promo video there


this one is cool too, no sound though.

http://www.evergreenaviation.com/supertanker/video/EVG_ft04.mov

Wulfenite
05-20-2004, 14:27
I'm skeptical.

That thing may hold as much retardant as 7 smaller ships but its going to have to fly 7 times as far to find a field big enough to get it in and out of. And while it may be able to cruise at .86mach I doubt that's a 3,000 agl where fires are fought. Also what's the use of a bigger load if it misses cause you couldent get the plane down in the canyon where the Hurcules's go.

Texas T
05-20-2004, 17:52
Originally posted by Wulfenite
I'm skeptical.

That thing may hold as much retardant as 7 smaller ships but its going to have to fly 7 times as far to find a field big enough to get it in and out of. And while it may be able to cruise at .86mach I doubt that's a 3,000 agl where fires are fought. Also what's the use of a bigger load if it misses cause you couldent get the plane down in the canyon where the Hurcules's go.

You have a valid point. See my suggestion about half way down the list when we discussed this the last time.

http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=221774&highlight=evergreen

Texas T
05-21-2004, 08:57
Looks like Evergreen must have seen the writing on the wall and began work on the 747...

AOPA INTERCEDES ON BEHALF OF AERIAL TANKERS
Citing safety concerns, the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Forest Service recently canceled contracts on the largest 33 aerial tankers in the fleet as the forest fire season gets under way. The Forest Service took action following an NTSB investigation of two in-flight breakups of older tankers. AOPA argued that the Forest Service and DOI acted hastily in canceling contracts for the larger tankers as the agencies didn't first explore and exhaust all available options for ensuring the airworthiness of the aircraft. After hearing from AOPA members, the association's Legislative Affairs staff contacted members from the Montana and California congressional delegations as well as DOI and Forest Service officials. While AOPA places the top priority on safety, the association urged the government to seek solutions that would improve the safety of the air tanker fleet. As a result, the FAA has agreed to quickly develop an airworthiness inspection program for the large tankers.