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Boeing 747-200 (N744ST)

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Standing by and ready to attack the next big fire

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David Whyte
Actually built on a 747-400 Airframe, N744ST
Dwight Hartje
Beautiful catch and capture!
cboginsk
Outstanding photo - wonderful shot of a great airplane.
Leon Kay
Thank you for a nice photo and informative comment. That deserves a 5 from me.
roland pfeifer
I can haul more water or retardant then any of those little guys. Bring it on.
wylann
This beauty was painted right outside my office. :) I got to watch the daily progress as they did the paint, and would get to climb aboard and watch them install the internal systems. I even saw a couple of the ground tests and one of the low flyby water drops they did right by our facility in Marana. <br /><a rel="nofollow" href="http://globalsupertanker.com/b747-400-supertanker/gallery/">http://globalsupertanker.com/b747-400-supertanker/gallery/</a>
Mark Prell
Super sexy. :-)
David Solarsick
When I worked at NASA’s Ames RC, I watched some of the R&amp;D being done on our 747 simulator to develop SW to assist the flight crew to maintain control as the plane rapidly changed gross weight &amp; balance during the dump of the fire retardant. Not the type of handling characteristics a 747 pilot would normally encounter.
Tim Trosky
Correct me if I'm wrong that even though the aircraft is airworthy per the FAA the Forest Service won't let it fly yet. If that is the case it may have helped in the Yosemite fire recently. Perhaps I missed something.
Vaughn Blue Jr
Cannot fathom why the forestry service does not want to use more 747's in fighting the wild fires. It is critical to life &amp; property to get fires put out as quickly as possible!
Nata Litvak
Need you so much to flight from GEG to FRU ! (503)367-7664--SMS
Lee Sulecki
The Forest Service has granted flight status for this lady. Now the company is trying to get contracts. She has fought fires in Chile, and Israel. <br /><br /><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.wildlandfirefighter.com/2017/07/27/supertanker-gains-approval-to-fight-u-s-wildfires/">http://www.wildlandfirefighter.com/2017/07/27/supertanker-gains-approval-to-fight-u-s-wildfires/</a>
Greg Ryder
Just browsing today and viewed recent activity. It appears to have been flying daily in support of the current tragic fires in California.
jobeard
The DC-10 at least was partitioned so as to allow multiple drops of Foscheck w/o returning for a reload -- hopefully this one is too. These big birds still fly at relatively high speeds and need precise pilot skills to bring a load to a good drop. Foscheck is used to shape the burning path. The smaller aircraft like the C-130 can get lower and slower and drop water directly on the flames and cool the area immediately.
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
08-Dec-2018 B744Mc Clellan Airfield ()Pinal Airpark () 07:58AM PST 10:26AM MST 1:27
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