Thread: Planes/Pilots getting ready
05-09-2003, 01:33 AM #1
Planes/Pilots getting ready
Military transports practicing for fire season
(Boise-AP) - The sound of large, propeller-driven planes droning
over Boise means the fire season is beginning again in the West.
Boise residents can hear and see military C-130 planes flying
slow and low over town this week. They're traveling from the
National Interagency Fire Center to the Boise National Forest for
practice water drops.
This week is an annual refresher course for the military
transport planes. They're used to augment the retardant planes the
Forest Service contracts each year.
Special retardant systems are installed into the rear cargo
doors. They blast 25-hundred gallons of retardant through nozzles
with each drop.
The federal government didn't renew contracts for civilian C-130
retardant planes after the wings snapped off one last year in
California, killing those aboard.
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05-09-2003, 12:09 PM #2
At least the military planes will be available. They are telling us this year only 3 Air Tankers are available nationwide, so don't expect them at a fire.IACOJ Military Division
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