Question: How Do Firefighting Planes Get Water?

Do they use ocean water to fight fires?

Yes, salt water can be used to put out wildfires.

However, salt water can harm plant life: some species are sensitive to salinity levels.

Thus, using salt water may not be a wise first choice in firefighting methods in certain environments..

How much water does a firefighting helicopter carry?

HELiFIRE™ firefighting buckets, are available in a wide variety of capacities from 180 – 5000 litres. They are designed to be suspended directly under a helicopter from the cargo hook.

How much does a 747 air tanker cost?

Evergreen proposed to convert up to 4 Boeing 747-200 airplanes into fire fighting systems and spent millions to convert the first 747-200 to firefighting supertanker. The initial cost of the first 747 was $79 million for the airplane itself, plus an additional $40 million to convert it to a supertanker.

What do firefighting planes drop?

What is that red stuff that’s dropped from the sky when a wildfire breaks out? It’s flame retardant that firefighting crews use to control and contain wildfires. They don’t drop it directly onto flames; rather, firefighters anticipate where the fire might spread, and they drop the retardant ahead of the flames.

How do firefighting planes work?

These fixed-wing aircraft feature large tanks that carry thousands of gallons of water or fire-retardant liquid. Ground forces typically relay the target location of a fire to the pilot, at which point the pilot will fly the airtanker over the respective area to release the water or retardant.

What are the planes that drop water called?

Water Scoopers are amphibious aircraft that skim the surface of a water body and scoop water into an onboard tank and then drop it on a fire. Aircraft types: Bombardier CL-415 and Air Tractor Fire Boss.