Friday, July 11, 2008

747 air tanker soon under contract?

Evergreen submitted their contract proposal to the U.S. Forest Service today and James Baynes, the Supertanker Sales Manager, told us that they expect a contract to be awarded "shortly". The 747 "Supertanker" can carry 20,000 gallons of retardant, about seven times more than a typical large air tanker. Like other air tankers, it will not put out any fires by itself, but it's another tool in the firefighter's tool box, at a time when we need more.

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