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Pilot Performs A Perfect Water Drop To Extinguish A Truck Fire

Mar 12, 2015
Aerial firefighting involves using helicopters and/or fixed-wing aircrafts to combat fires. They are often deployed in conjunction with ground forces, or (as this video shows) in situations where a ground crew can't go due to roughness or remoteness of the terrain. The aircraft flies over the site with a payload of water and/or flame-retardant chemicals and drops said payload onto the fire.

The incident shown here occurred on a remote stretch of highway in Newfoundland, Canada, and the plane involved is a CL-415 Superscooper, capable of delivering up to 1,620 U.S. gallons of water in one go. The CL-415 can refill by skimming over water mid-flight. In 2002, a crew refilled 100 times in four hours, dropping over 160,000 gallons of water.
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