The Forestry Service Needs Some New Tanker Aircraft.

by Daniel Russ on August 16, 2012

P 2 Neptune maritime patrol aircraft

P 2 Neptune


The United States Forestry Service not too long ago boasted over 40 water-tanker fire fighting aircraft. Now they have about 9 aircraft and they are plagues with mechanical and maintenance issues. The main problem is that the planes are all Cold War era relics that formerly flew reconnaissance or heavy lift missions.


Bombadier 415 Fire fighting plane

Bombadier 415


The New York Times reports that the Colorado area service is flying an old P-2 Neptune Maritime patrol and anti submarine warfare plane. Some tankers are recon figured C-130s that drop magnesium hydroxide and huntite.


What is cool is that the Senate is actually talking about it. These are things we have to address especially in the era of global warming. The British are developing a new aircraft that dives to the surface of the ocean or a nearby lake and fills up with 1600 gallon of water in 12 second. It’s the Bombadier 415, photo above.

It’s about time someone create a plane just for this mission.



Source: NYT


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Martt August 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Is that a typo . United States Postal Service ? And if not why water tankers for the USPS?

Daniel Russ August 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Thanks. Yes, I am swamped right no and didn’t catch this.

Bill August 17, 2012 at 10:00 am

Bombardier is not a British company. It’s a French-Canadian company based in Montreal.

The picture labeled Bombardier 415 is a picture of the much older Bombardier 215.

“the British are developing a new aircraft” = This aircraft has been flying since 1967.

Louis September 19, 2017 at 3:52 am

Here’s some fotage of a Spanish Squadron of firefighters, working with both the CL-215 and CL-415.
France, Protugal and Croatia also have squadrons, either forestry service, fire department, or air force, who fly these planes to quench forest- (and other) fires happening. Only thing is, you need open water reasonably nearby.

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