(Fire Fighting Aircraft)
Called water bombers, air tankers, super scoopers and fire bombers, their mission is to drop water, foam, and retardants on blazes. Includes pictures, sounds, accomplishments, specifications, and a scale radio control airplane guide.
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Used for smoke jumping and as a water bomber. Antonov An-2
Antonov An32P Firekiller Twin engine turboprop water bombers operating since 1995.
A high cruising speed and good maneuverability make them ideal water bombers for mountainous regions. Douglas A-26 Invader
Water bombers with a 1,000 gallon belly tank used by the U.S. Forest Service and throughout the world. Aerospatiale AS 332
Highly maneuverable water bombers, effective in initial attack and working in tight areas. Eurocopter AS 350
Water bombers used in Europe while carrying a 700 gallon water bucket. Eurocopter AS 532 Cougar
Built for hunting submarines, converted for use as water bombers. Grumman AF2 Guardian
Worlds largest dedicated single engine water bombers. Air Tractor AT 802F
Water bombers used primarily in Europe with Bambi bucket. Alouette III
Created for the sole purpose of delivering torpedoes from the sky against enemy shipping, most recently used as water bombers. Grumman Avenger
Medium size helicopter water bombers equipped with 350 gallon belly tank, used by LAFD, Korea, and Malaysia. AW139
Under evaluation by the U.S.F.S. as a replacement for aging water bombers. BAE 146
One of the most famous WW II aircraft, once used as water bombers. Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
The largest of all the world water bombers. Boeing 747 Super Tanker
Civilian version of famous helicopters used in Vietnam, now very much used as water bombers. Bell 205
Set the around the world helicopter speed record, now much used water bombers. Bell 206 Jet Ranger
The military version is used for maritime patrol while the civilian version, equipped with a 300 gallon belly tank, is used as a water bomber primarily in the U.S. and Canada. Bell 212
Model B civilian versions of the Iran Army helicopters have been equipped with a 720 gallon belly tank for use as water bombers. Bell 214
Medium light water bombers using 238 gallon water buckets. Bell 407
Amphibian jet powered water bombers produced in Russia, used successfully since 2004. Beriev Be-200
Douglas C-54 Radial engine powered water bombers equipped with 3,000 gallon retardant tanks used in the U.S. and Canada.
Water bombers used by the U.S. Forest Service, Air National Guard, and various military services. Lockheed C-130 Hercules
Water bombers that load 1,620 gallons of water in only 12 seconds. Bombardier CL-415 Super Scooper
Convair CV-580 Water bombers primarily used in Canada, pictured being tested for use in Australia, with 2,000 gallon water tanks.
Four engine propeller driven water bombers with 2,800 gallon tanks. Douglas DC-6
Douglas DC-7 The largest propeller driven water bombers produced by Douglas Aircraft.
One of the largest water bombers. Mc Donnell Douglas DC-10 Super Tanker
Light helicopter that has been used in Canada, France, and the U.S. as water bombers equipped with a Bambi bucket. Eurocopter EC 120
Command and control helicopter for water bombers used in blaze suppression. Eurocopter EC 135
Popular water bombers with smaller municipalities when equipped with a 120 gallon Bambi bucket for fighting blazes. Eurocopter EC 145
Water bombers that have a water tank holding over 1,000 gallons that can be filled in about 1 1/2 minutes. Eurocopter EC 225
"Concept water bombers with jet fighter speed and maneuverability. Fire Hog
Kman Firemax water bombers, equipped with a 700 gallon belly tank that can be refilled in 30 seconds, have been in use throughout the northwestern U.S. FireMax
Ilyushin IL-76 Water bombers capable of holding 13,000 gallons of water.
Used by the U.S.A.F. as water bombers. Kaman HH-43 Huskie
Maneuverability and speed make them the fastest initial attack water bombers in service today. Lockheed L-188 Electra
PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromander Polish single engine water bombers, first flown in 1976, still produced to date.
Largest active propeller driven and largest production seaplanes; largest prop driven water bombers. Martin Mars
McDonnell Douglas MD-87 Most recently converted to water bombers by Erickson Aero Tanker.
The most produced helicopters, used as water bombers throughout the world. Mil Mi-8
Transport helicopters used around the world as water bombers. Mil Mi-17
Largest helicopter water bombers in the world. Mil Mi-26
Command and control aircraft used to guide water bombers. Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
Lockheed P2V Neptune "Firestar" Water bombers that deliver retardants at rates of up to 700 gallons per second.
The only current U.S. Navy land based anti-submarine aircraft used as water bombers. Lockheed P-3 Orion
Versatile World War II veteran aircraft converted for use as water bombers. Consolidated PBY Catalina
U. S. Navy single tail version of the B-24 used as water bombers. Consolidated PB4Y Privateer
Most numerous water bombers used by California Department of Forestry. Grumman S-2 Tracker
Heavy lift helicopters set altitude record for height and weight, very much used today as water bombers. Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane
Army front line helicopters converted for use as water bombers. Sikorsky S-70 Firehawk
Bombardier Q400 Dash 8 To date two aircraft have been
configured as water bombers to hold 2,640 gallons of water or retardants. When not used as water bombers, in just over 2 1/2
hours, the aircraft can be converted to accommodate up to 78 passenger seats or carry up to 19,000 lbs of cargo.
Primary utility helicopters used during Vietnam, dedicated water bombers since 1981. Bell UH-1 Huey: