Fire-Fighting Aircraft

Fire-Fighting Aircraft

 

an aircraft used to extinguish fires, principally forest fires. Fire-fighting aircraft are equipped with tanks that contain 600 to 1,000 liters of liquid fire-extinguishing substances—water or special solutions—which the pilot releases above the center of the fire in 1½ to 2 sec. Fire-fighting hydroplanes use their floats as tanks; sections of the floats are filled with water as the hydroplane skims the surface of a river or lake. Specially equipped helicopters can also be used for fire fighting; they can carry up to 8 tons of water. In 1975 the aircraft used in the USSR for fire fighting were the AN-2 and IaK-12 airplanes and MI-6, MI-8, and V-8 helicopters.

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The criticism of Roman Haider (FP), according to which the EU is trying to put another expensive program on the functioning EU civil protection system, the EU Commissioner said that the central procurement of special Canadair fire-fighting aircraft for the fight against forest fires, much more economically the purchase by individual member countries would be.
It took seven engines, a 30-men crew, a fire-fighting aircraft and the assistance of residents to put out the blaze within 20 minutes, to prevent it from spreading to houses.
com/article/us-israel-fires-idUSKBN13J0YJ) asked the United States for a "Super Tanker" fire-fighting aircraft, which was used to stop a fire in Israel that killed 42 people in 2010.
Television images showed fire-fighting aircraft dropping water onto burning vehicles.
Croatia alone responded to this new call for aid, proposing to send two fire-fighting aircraft.
Another fire broke out two days ago in Jbel Gueffa (delegation of Nebr) he said, underlining that the civil defence units exert efforts to master it by means of extinction equipment and fire-fighting aircraft Canadair.
Mexico also asked for assistance from the US and Canada, which sent fire-fighting aircraft.
Netanyahu said plans would be presented to the government in the coming week to buy fire-fighting aircraft.
Turkey also sent fire-fighting aircraft, putting aside political tensions over Israel's deadly raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla in May.
She referred to a pilot experiment conducted by the EU that provided 2 fire-fighting aircraft for rapid deployment in case of forest fires.
In response to requests for assistance from France and Italy, the European reserve of fire-fighting aircraft was used in Corsica and Sardinia to back up national resources in the fight against extremely violent fires.
Italy, France and Cyprus are expected to send fire-fighting aircraft.