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McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (N612AX) - Tanker 10 shortly after departure from KIWA to the "Copper Canyon Fire" 2021.
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McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (N612AX)

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Tanker 10 shortly after departure from KIWA to the "Copper Canyon Fire" 2021.

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Chris C Kinsley
Beautiful aircraft.
Matt Smith
where were you ? NW of Gateway? I live SE so usually get the other side..:)
Frank Deane
I get the shivers every time I see one of these. We lost one a little way back during bush fire season. To come all the way to down under and then the crew lost their lives for us, I can only say --- we will remember them.
CHRIS ROBEY
Good comment Frank. That C130 that was lost last year down south near Cooma had a 3 man crew onboard.
David Plummer
Fantastic picture.

While I am a huge advocate for tanker planes like this, I am concerned about structural fatigue due to both the load factor and frequency of flight cycles. When looking at wide body tanker aircraft, I am not aware of any being newly built aircraft right off the production line. They are used planes retrofitted for the new purpose. I have respect for the maintenance check cycles, but every aircraft reaches end of functional life at some point. I just wonder if the life-cycle estimates are realistic considering the stresses of fire tanker operations?
8literbeater
At $60,000 per hour, I guess you can have a fancy paint job.
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