Time to retire?

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 Department of Agriculture report. Here are the air tankers the service now uses — all similar in design — and two that could potentially replace some or all of them.

A look at the U.S. Forest Service’s air tankers.
Sources: U.S. Forest Service; Bombardier; Lockheed Martin, Boeing; Neptune Aviation; Aero Union; P2V photo by Steve Bowyer. The Washington Post. Published on June 12, 2011, 9:56 p.m.
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