Amazing planes that measure more than 230 feet or 70 meters and weigh more than 100 tons which can discharge more than 13 000 gallons or 50 000 liters of water over burning forest areas managing to contain and extinguish large fires.
These are the 10 most amazing firefighting aircraft in the world.
10. Air Tractor AT-802
It is a light aircraft manufactured in the United States that entered service in 1990. In addition to firefighting, it has also been used in military and police missions and agricultural work. It can be adapted to take off from the runway or from the water.
It measures 36 feet or 11 meters weighs 3 tons and can carry a total of 820 gallons or 3100 liters of water. It reaches a maximum speed of 220 miles or 356 kilometers per hour and has a maximum range of 800 miles or 1300 kilometers
It is currently in service in countries such as Spain and Argentina.
9. Bombardier 415
It is an amphibious aircraft manufactured in Canada which entered service in 1994. It is used for forest fire fighting and also in search and rescue missions.
It measures 65 feet or 20 meters and weighs 12.8 tonnes. It can load up to sixteen hundred gallons or six thousand one hundred liters of water in twelve seconds and perform one hundred downloads in four and a half hours. It can reach a top speed of 224 miles or 360 kilometers per hour and has a maximum range of 1500 miles or 2400 kilometers.
In total more than 100 units have been manufactured and it is in service in countries such as Canada and Italy.
8. Airbus C295W
It is a multi-purpose aircraft manufactured in France, that entered service in 2001. It is used for different types of military missions and also for extinguishing forest fires
It measures 79 feet or 24 meters and weighs 21 tons it can transport 1850 gallons or 7000 liters of water or fire retardant and discharge it. It efficiently achieving excellent results it can reach a maximum speed of 357 miles or 576 kilometers per hour and has a maximum range of 1300 miles or 2100 kilometers.
At present there are different versions of this aircraft that are in service in countries around the world.
7. Antonov An-32 Firekiller
It is a variant of the Ukrainian an-32 aircraft and began to be used in 1995.
It measures 78 feet or 24 meters and weighs 17 tonnes. it has two water tanks with a capacity of 2100 gallons or 8 000 liters which you can discharge simultaneously.
The discharge is carried out at a height of 164 feet or 50 meters and at a speed of 150 miles or 240 kilometers per hour and can cover an area of 525 feet or 160 meters in length. It can reach a speed of 335 miles or 540 kilometers per hour and has a range of 1550 miles or 2500 kilometers
It is currently active in the emergency services of Ukraine.
6. Lockheed C-130 Hercules
It is a multi-purpose medium weight aircraft manufactured in the United States that entered service in 1957.
It has a modular fire extinguishing system that can discharge 2640 gallons or 10000 liters of water with an extension of 1300 feet or 400 meters in length. It measures 98 feet or 30 meters and weighs 34 tons it can reach a maximum speed of 366 miles or 590 kilometers per hour and has a maximum range of 2 360 miles or 3 800 kilometers.
This aircraft equipped with this system belongs to the united states national guard and is used by the forest service for firefighting tasks.
5. Beriev Be-200
It is a multi-purpose amphibious aircraft manufactured in Russia which entered service in 2003. It is the only jet seaplane in the world and is mainly used for firefighting it’s also used in search and rescue missions or maritime patrol.
It measures 104 feet or 32 meters weighs 25 tons and can transport up to 3 170 gallons or 12 000 liters of water. It can reach a maximum speed of 434 miles or 700 kilometers per hour and has a maximum range of 2 235 miles or 3 600 kilometers.
In total more than 15 units have been manufactured and it is active in the emergency services of Russia.
4. Martin-170 JRM Mars
It is a seaplane manufactured in the United States that entered service in 1943.
It measures 117 feet or 35.7 meters and weighs 40 tonnes. It can reach a maximum speed of 225 miles or 362 kilometers per hour and has a maximum range of 4970 miles or 8 000 kilometers.
It was initially designed to carry out military missions and was the largest seaplane in the world until 1947. In total only seven units were manufactured of which only two remained after a few years of use starting in 1959.
The two remaining aircraft were auctioned and began to be used as firefighting aircraft.
3. Ilyushin II-76 firebomber
It is a heavy aircraft manufactured in Russia, that entered service in 1974. it is used for firefighting and also for rescue missions among others.
It measures 150 feet or 46 meters and weighs 92 tonnes. It can reach a maximum speed of 560 miles or 900 kilometers per hour and has a maximum range of 2485 miles or 4000 kilometers. It has the capacity to carry a load of 13 200 gallons or 50000 liters of water and has been used to put out fires in different countries.
It began to be used as a firefighting aircraft from 1990 and in total more than 950 units have been manufactured.
2. DC-10 Air Tanker
It is the United States made wide body aircraft that entered service in 2006.
It can carry up to 11880 gallons or 45000 liters of water or fire retardant and discharge in 8 seconds. it measures 180 feet or 55 meters and weighs 109 tonnes. It can reach a maximum speed of 608 miles or 980 kilometers per hour and has a maximum range of 3790 miles or 6100 kilometers.
In recent years, it has been used in numerous fires that have occurred in the United States and also in Australia there are currently several active units that have been used by the United States Forest Service since 2006.
1. Boeing 747 Super Tanker
It is an airplane made in the United States that was used in firefighting for the first time in 2009.
It measures 230 feet or 70 meters and weighs 160 tonnes. It can reach a speed of 602 feet or 970 kilometers per hour and has a range of 14 000 kilometers. It can carry 19500 gallons or 74000 liters of water and its discharge system can cover an area of 3 miles or 4.8 kilometers in length in recent years.
It has been used successfully in countries such as Chile, Spain and United States. It is currently the largest firefighting aircraft in the world and is operated by the global super tanker company.