Jumbo Jet applies for firefighting job

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  1. bigjobs

    bigjobs Active Member

    Jun 4, 2005
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    I read this in the USA Today in Houston today 13th March 2006.

    I think it's pretty cool, I'd like to see the plane in action!

     

  2. Damien

    Damien Member

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    A 747 carrying 20,500 gallons of water is going to be seriously heavy. I hope they can afford the fuel.
     
  3. bigjobs

    bigjobs Active Member

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    Remember, this is America. Everything is bigger here, and they can certainly afford the fuel. Given what they are spending to get it from Iraq currently ... did i just say that out loud?
     
  4. markis10

    markis10 Veteran Member

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    Not that heavy, it works about to be a load of 91 tonnes which fits well in the MTOW of 412T, empty weight is circa 180T which leaves at least 100T of fuel which is about 10 hours flying, and if I was flying at 200 ft I am not sure I want 10 hours of fuel onboard! Weight and balance would also be interesting when the tap gets turned on!

    More importantly is the frequency of dumps it could provide given the airport requirements and time to refill the water, I suspect it may not be that attractive when compared to some of the Canadian amphib delivery units that can refill on the run from a lake.
     
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