Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Aerial Firefighting…Sort Of

According to a July 31, 2012 Business Insider article by Jennifer Welsh, French artists at the turn of the 20th century created images of what they thought life would be like in the year 2000. One of these images depicts firefighters tackling a blaze and making a rescue from the air, courtesy of personal wing packs.

While it’s true that every year brings new developments in firefighting equipment and technology, the fire service hasn’t yet advanced to these grandiose heights. However, there are some really magnificent firefighting aircraft used in battling large wildfires. My personal favorite: the DC-10s refurbished and provided by the 10 Tanker Air Carrier Corporation (http://www.10tanker.com/). I highly recommend checking out the videos posted on the 10 Tanker website if you've got a few minutes of free time.

(Photo from www.10Tanker.com)

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