Time to retire Forest Service’s air tankers

The U.S. Forest Service’s air tankers, the giant planes that drop huge loads of water or fire retardant on wildfires, are an average of 50 years old, according to a 2009 report. Here are the air tankers the service uses and one that could potentially replace them. Read related article.

Time to retire air tankers
Sources: U.S. Forest Service; Lockheed Martin, Boeing; Neptune Aviation; Aero Union; P2V photo by Steve Bowyer. The Washington Post. Published on February 10, 2012, 8:21 p.m.
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