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Jun 15, 2012 02:47 |  #1

It's wildfire season here in the Southwest and the powers that be decided they needed to bring in the DC-10 tanker from 10 Tanker Air Carrier...

Departing

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<Insert Forty Minute Wait While Dropping On A Nearby Fire>

Returning...
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The unique patterns of slurry on the tail caused by airflow...
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Jun 15, 2012 02:55 |  #2

Lovely shots and love the forward / back viewpoints ...we could have done with one of those here with our fire season, now passed.

Interesting to note the difference in wing flex from when loaded and when not - not as much flex as one may have expected (if this were a modern jet, of course, the flex would be considerably more I imagine).


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Jun 15, 2012 02:57 |  #3

Andrew Tingle wrote in post #14581913 (external link)
Lovely shots and love the forward / back viewpoints ...we could have done with one of those here with our fire season, now passed.

Interesting to not the difference in wing flex from when loaded and when not - not as much flex as one may have expected (if this were a modern jet, of course, the flex would be considerably more I imagine).

We were discussing that while waiting for her to return this afternoon...

Water* is two pounds per gallon heavier than fuel (8lbs/gal Vs 6lbs/gal) but we figure that since she has no interior (either seats nor tanks like a KC-10), she's still well below max gross takeoff weight even with a load of slurry.

(*I do not know the specific gravity of the fire fighting chemicals...)


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Jun 15, 2012 03:42 |  #4

Beautiful pictures of an awesome plane, which the DC-10 most certainly is :D




  
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Jun 15, 2012 05:46 |  #5

Beautiful shots Jay...and an important message. Take care.




  
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Jun 15, 2012 08:15 |  #6

Very nice set of photos but how do the refill it? Must be some big trucks with high speed pumps needed.


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Jun 15, 2012 09:01 |  #7

Very nice shots of it!

cicopo wrote in post #14582540 (external link)
... but how do the refill it? Must be some big trucks with high speed pumps needed.

Probably not using the "Sullenberger Sequence"? ;)


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Jun 15, 2012 09:02 |  #8

As always, Jay, nice shots.

I was going to ask what the capacity of the DC-10 tanker is but then I realized.... I have the technology. It holds 12,000 US gallons of water or fire retardant. Only the Evergreen 747 supertanker holds more: 20,500.


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Jun 15, 2012 09:13 |  #9

great shots, hope they get those fires under control




  
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Jun 15, 2012 10:20 |  #10

PhotosGuy wrote in post #14582715 (external link)
Very nice shots of it! Probably not using the "Sullenberger Sequence"? ;)

I would like to know as well. Im guessing by some high output hose. Wonder how long it takes to fill and what the rate of climb is when all that water is dropped! Great shots




  
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Jun 15, 2012 10:23 |  #11

Always nicely done.....love those DC10s !


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Jun 15, 2012 10:54 |  #12

Great shots! I love the first shot of it returning. What airport were these from?


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Jun 15, 2012 11:31 |  #13

Great shots Jay!

It's quite the sight to see the big Tankers working a fire. I'd like to see this Beast on a drop!


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Jun 15, 2012 11:37 |  #14

very cool series. not something you see everyday


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Jun 15, 2012 11:54 |  #15

Send it up here to Colorado...we could use more.


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