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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Efforts were hampered by the dust cloud hanging over the island which prevented the use of fire-fighting aircraft on Tuesday.
Television images showed fire-fighting aircraft dropping water onto burning vehicles.
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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.
Italy, France and Cyprus are expected to send fire-fighting aircraft.
Two fire-fighting aircraft from Italy and one from France will be coming today," a fire department spokeswoman told AFP.
The contract, valued at USD$60 million, includes technical support, training and other equipment for Spain's fleet of 22 Bombardier fire-fighting aircraft.
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