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Old 02-06-2004, 10:07   #1
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How about a 747 Fire Fighter?

Your state's on fire—who ya gonna call? How about a big, lumbering Boeing 747 filled with enough slurry to kill a fire the size of a small city? The Evergreen Air Center in Marana, Arizona, is developing just such a monster. The center is modifying an old Evergreen International Airlines 747-200 freighter to not only carry fire equipment to the scene, but to help fight the fire once it arrives. The aircraft is still in development, but once in operation it should be quite a sight: It is expected to shoot water from the front at the same time that it sprays slurry from the back. That is to control any weight-and-balance problems that might occur from dumping the slurry. Additionally, spraying water from the front helps dissipate the slurry that otherwise might not spread over a large enough area because of the aircraft's 250-knot speed.

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Old 02-07-2004, 09:51   #2
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Seems like it might have runway length issues. If the nearest runway you can use is too far away your trip time could be too long.
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Old 02-07-2004, 10:23   #3
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It should beat the heck out of the TBM's I worked with, in Montana, in about 1971

We did have a B24 (single rudder) come in a few times. It was awsome.
I heard it couldn't drop it's whole load at one time due to stress on the airframe.

It was a ball flying the smoke jumpers

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