The United States Air Force has developed a new, versatile system to fight large forest fires by aerial spraying of chemicals.
AERIAL Air Force C-130 dropping chemicals during test run (3 shots)
GV Test cups over test bed (3 shots)
AERIAL C-130 discharging chemicals
GV C-130 lands, is reloaded with chemicals & takes off (7 shots)
AERIAL Various views of C-130 spraying the test area (3 shots)
"This modular airborne fire fighting system was developed to enable the Air Force to assist the Forest Service in fighting large uncontrolled forest fires. The aircraft here flies over a 3,000-foot test grid containing approximately 1,500 cups and the data is then plotted to determine the efficiency of the system. This is a very versatile system in that it can be loaded aboard most air force cargo type aircraft in less than 2 hours"
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Background: The United States Air Force has developed a new, versatile system to fight large forest fires by aerial spraying of chemicals. The system can be loaded aboard most Air Force cargo-type aircraft in less than two hours. The plane can take off, spray an area, return to base and be reloaded and in the air again within 20 minutes.
Up to 3,000 gallons (11,340 litres) of chemicals which retard fire can be carried at one time. Trees, bushes and grass are coated with the chemical, which is also a fertilizer which promotes growth when the fire is out.
The U.S. Defence Department have just released film of tests of the d???ice near Tucson, Arizona. During the tests, cups were placed over a 3,000 foot long test bed to find out the effectiveness of the chemical distribution.
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