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September 3, 2009

Evergreen Supertanker Fights SoCal Fires

On July 24th, I wrote about the development of Evergreen Aviation’s, Boeing 747 as a fire fighting supertanker. This week the innovative benevolent behemoth flew to Califonia to assist in fighting the massive Station fire north of L.A. Below is the intro and links to the story with photos and video.


Fahrenheit 747: World’s Biggest Fire Extinguisher Douses L.A. County

  • By Jason Paur Email Author
  • September 1, 2009  |
  • 6:30 am  |
  • Categories: Air Travel
“The deadly fires that have blackened more than 105,000 acres around Los Angeles prompted authorities to call in the world’s largest fire extinguisher — a Boeing 747 that can drop 20,000 gallons of retardant over a swath of land three miles long.”
Supertanker, a 747-100 modified by Evergreen Aviation of Oregon

Supertanker, a 747-100 modified by Evergreen Aviation of Oregon

“The plane made its first-ever drop in the continental United States when fire officials summoned it to the Oak Glen fire east of Los Angeles mid day on Monday. After the successful first drop, the Supertanker was called back into action Monday evening where it made further drops on the massive Station fire north of the city which grew to more than 164 square miles and threatened 10,000 homes. Nearly 2,600 firefighters from as far away as Montana are throwing everything they have at the blaze, and on Monday they called in the biggest tool in their inventory.”  Full story
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