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The Boeing 747 Supertanker is Ceasing Operations

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The investor group that owns the 747 Supertanker, Tanker 944, is shutting down the huge air tanker. (fireaviation.com) Altro...

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TorstenHoff
That's unfortunate. It looks like California is looking at a busy fire season, the capacity of Tanker 944 will be missed.
patpylot
this seems odd. DOes anyone in california expect less forest fires this year? The capacity of the 747 cannot be discarded without much thought as seems here. THis 747 is a single-use marvel of imagination . Somebody ought to acquire this plane, put into the public firefighting air force, and get ready to use it. We are goingto need it.
mohenley
Maybe a group of the wacko environmentalists can get together, pool their money, and buy the aircraft to put it back in service... After all, they're the ones that screwed up all the forests to begin with....
skylab72
skylab72 1
No, the investors saw the promo vid for the new Canadair 515 and realized they were wasting their money.

Besides Mark, by definition environmentalists love trees more than you seem to.
A6SEA
Hah! Great. I was thinking along the same lines. To love trees so much that one cannot salvage a bit of firewood to keep the forests clean isn't environmental stewardship. California can't seem to get there forestry act together, so the tankers will always be needed.
TiredTom
Tom Bruce 10
was based at old McClellan AFB Sacramento on and off for several years... must cost a lot to operate...the many DC10s still around, I guess
xtoler
Environmental groups aren't happy that it lays down more retardant than necessary. Sounds kind if stupid but I guess we can't have too much of a good thing.
mohenley
California already has "too much of a good thing" ... retardant that is.
aerophoto
That retardent is full of stuff to promote growth MORONS all of them

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jeffinsydney
jeff slack 7
seriously, how is that comment made by a troll?
djames225
djames225 3
Hmm..looks like I got downvoted for agreeing with your comment, Jeff....smh
skylab72
skylab72 1
Troll because: A) Ad Hominum attack, B) Not bout aviation.
djames225
djames225 0
linbb just likes looking at his image in a mirror, and considers most a him.
FLYJCFS
In California firefighting is all about the money. That tanker will fly again as soon as the season starts there just changing names of the people that collect the money from the state just another scam organised crime at its finest.
gloski
I am so sorry Super Tanker #944 will be sidelined, unbelievable given the forecasted drought conditions this year. I loved seeing this beauty at MCC, watching many take off's, with the finest crew around! I followed each day the mission in Brazil's Rain Forest. I have seen this tanker in action around NorCal, and tracked its flight path on many missions throughout the state. This is a major loss to fire suppression!! Thank you to the crew, hope to see you all again soon!
n7777r
Hmm...let me guess...environmental pressure?? Cut your nose off to spite your face kinda thing?

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