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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G7 nations have pledged $20 million (Sh2 billion) on the Amazon, mainly on fire-fighting aircraft.Macron's concern may be legitimate, but experts say central Africa's rainforest fires are often more seasonal and linked to traditional seasonal farming methods.
The G7 has agreed to spend 20 million euros ($22 million) on the Amazon, mainly to send fire-fighting aircraft to tackle the huge blazes engulfing many parts of the world's biggest rainforest, the presidents of France and Chile announced Monday.
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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. They reached the site on 31 August after being refuelled during their journey by France, have been in operation since 1 September and remained in Portugal until 3 September.
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Netanyahu said plans would be presented to the government in the coming week to buy fire-fighting aircraft.
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