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McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (N612AX) - Tanker 10 shortly after departure from KIWA to the "Copper Canyon Fire" 2021.
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McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (N612AX)

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Tanker 10 shortly after departure from KIWA to the "Copper Canyon Fire" 2021.

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Chris C Kinsley
Beautiful aircraft.
Matt Smith
where were you ? NW of Gateway? I live SE so usually get the other side..:)
Frank Deane
I get the shivers every time I see one of these. We lost one a little way back during bush fire season. To come all the way to down under and then the crew lost their lives for us, I can only say --- we will remember them.
CHRIS ROBEY
Good comment Frank. That C130 that was lost last year down south near Cooma had a 3 man crew onboard.
David Plummer
Fantastic picture.

While I am a huge advocate for tanker planes like this, I am concerned about structural fatigue due to both the load factor and frequency of flight cycles. When looking at wide body tanker aircraft, I am not aware of any being newly built aircraft right off the production line. They are used planes retrofitted for the new purpose. I have respect for the maintenance check cycles, but every aircraft reaches end of functional life at some point. I just wonder if the life-cycle estimates are realistic considering the stresses of fire tanker operations?
8literbeater
At $60,000 per hour, I guess you can have a fancy paint job.
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
24-Jun-2022 DC10San Bernardino Intl ()San Bernardino Intl () 06:05PM PDT 06:30PM PDT 0:24
24-Jun-2022 DC10San Bernardino Intl ()San Bernardino Intl () 04:56PM PDT 05:22PM PDT 0:25
24-Jun-2022 DC10San Bernardino Intl ()San Bernardino Intl () 03:00PM PDT 03:28PM PDT 0:28
24-Jun-2022 DC10San Bernardino Intl ()San Bernardino Intl () 02:04PM PDT 02:32PM PDT 0:27
20-Jun-2022 DC10Phoenix-Mesa Gateway ()San Bernardino Intl () 05:37PM MST 07:29PM PDT 1:52
20-Jun-2022 DC10Phoenix-Mesa Gateway ()Phoenix-Mesa Gateway () 03:35PM MST 04:22PM MST 0:46
20-Jun-2022 DC10Phoenix-Mesa Gateway ()Phoenix-Mesa Gateway () 01:08PM MST 02:53PM MST 1:44
20-Jun-2022 DC10San Bernardino Intl ()Phoenix-Mesa Gateway () 10:31AM PDT 12:24PM MST 1:52
15-Jun-2022 DC10San Bernardino Intl ()San Bernardino Intl () 03:24PM PDT 04:28PM PDT 1:03
14-Jun-2022 DC10San Bernardino Intl ()San Bernardino Intl () 05:44PM PDT 06:27PM PDT 0:42
13-Jun-2022 DC10San Bernardino Intl ()San Bernardino Intl () 08:03PM PDT 08:59PM PDT 0:56
13-Jun-2022 DC10Sierra Vista Municipal ()San Bernardino Intl () 10:01AM MST 11:34AM PDT 1:33
12-Jun-2022 DC10Sierra Vista Municipal ()Sierra Vista Municipal () 05:28PM MST 06:07PM MST 0:39
12-Jun-2022 DC10Phoenix-Mesa Gateway ()Sierra Vista Municipal () 03:29PM MST 04:43PM MST (?) 1:13
12-Jun-2022 DC10Phoenix-Mesa Gateway ()Phoenix-Mesa Gateway () 01:32PM MST 02:49PM MST 1:16
12-Jun-2022 DC10Phoenix-Mesa Gateway ()Phoenix-Mesa Gateway () 12:05PM MST 12:51PM MST 0:45
12-Jun-2022 DC10Sierra Vista Municipal ()Phoenix-Mesa Gateway () 10:43AM MST 11:28AM MST 0:44
10-Jun-2022 DC10Albuquerque Intl Sunport ()Sierra Vista Municipal () 08:42PM MDT 08:35PM MST 0:52
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