The DC Air Tanker is a series of American wide body jet air tankers, which have been in service as an aerial firefighting unit since The aircraft, operated by the joint technical venture Tanker Air Carrier, are converted wide body McDonnell Douglas DC passenger jetliners, and are primarily used to fight wildfires, typically in rural areas.
According to the US Forest Office, other very large air tankers can carry up to , gallons (, liters) of flame retardantThe Global Supertanker can dump up to , gallons (, liters) of water or flame retardants in seconds and fly up to feet ( meters) above the ground to workIt can be replenished in just minutes.
In , the base reported , gallons of retardant and in the amount was about ,, said Scott Headrick, assistant manager with the Jeffco Airtanker BaseThe last time this base did a million was , he said, which would have been the Hayman Fire.This is the fourth year Frank Canino, an engineer at North Metro
The MD fire bomber can land loaded and also carry all of its support equipment and spares without reconfiguring or unloading retardantWe are always "Fire Ready" What is you fleet size Erickson Aero Tanker currently has MD gallon tankers and DC gallons tankersIn addition we have two more MD 's ready to convert.
Another wide body jetliner that is currently being used as an air tanker is the modified McDonnell Douglas DC operated by the Tanker Air Carrier company as the DC Air TankerIt can carry up to , US gallons (, l) of fire fighting retardant.
The approximate, ball park costs per gallon delivered by a Call When Needed air tanker that was awarded a USFS CWN contract in December, , rounded to the nearest half dollar and including fuel but not the costs of retardant, are Retardant Cost Delivered Per GallonThese dollar figures are very, very rough estimates.