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I thought I was up to speed with what’s being used these days to fight fires but I will add this Douglas model to my list. Wouldn’t want to flame out my own engines but I suppose this aircraft type/design works. 

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Can they do as many passes with biggers jets than a fleet of CL415s can?  I understand they can clubber a fire with a huge load of water from the bigger jets but do they have enough airplanes to have a constant supply of drops?

Maybe the CL415 is just not suited for this area because of the scarcity of nearby lakes or is it just the USA way of not using something because it's not "American"?

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6 hours ago, Say Again, Over! said:

Can they do as many passes with biggers jets than a fleet of CL415s can?  I understand they can clubber a fire with a huge load of water from the bigger jets but do they have enough airplanes to have a constant supply of drops?

Maybe the CL415 is just not suited for this area because of the scarcity of nearby lakes or is it just the USA way of not using something because it's not "American"?

No expert in this field. My experience is limited to a summer working a DNR contract in Manitoba flying a C337. Saw one fire in 300 hours on my little route around Lake Winnipeg and central MB.

However, for most of our Canadian wilderness and associated forest fires finding a source of water isn’t a problem. California of course has a serious water issue so I suppose this type of fire fighting is their only option. 

 

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Interesting...depending on which way your brain acts first.

Could be a headset with a mic or,

Could be a silhouette of a man wearing a  surgical mask

Clubber?...Clobber...oh... I see,...... the "O" and the "U" are only separated by one key ?

 

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Apparent,y there is a sufficiently large lake adjacent to the fire area which would serve well

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Interesting, two shots of drops with gear down and two with the gear up.  In the first shot, with gear down, it looks like the retardant is getting into the gear, in the last shot, with gear down, it looks like the retardant isn't getting into the gear.  If there was a choice I would assume that keeping the gear up is better - wouldn't want to be the guy tasked with cleaning everything after the mission is done for the day.  I wonder what the parameters are for deciding which option.

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My understanding is that they were having some problems with retardant ingestion into the engines and mitigated the issue with airflow changes by extending the gear during drops. The photos were likely from different periods, before and after the change in their procedures.

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