10 Tanker Air Carrier DC-10, an aerial firefighting wonder

    With fire season upon us, fleets of different firefighting aircraft are positioned at specific airports and airbases to provide a rapid response to wildfires and fires that threaten wildlands, residential and commercial property.

    The 10 Tanker Air Carrier, a reconfigured DC-10 passenger aircraft manufactured by McDonnel Douglas to combat wildfires, is stationed at U.S. Forest Service Tanker Base at San Bernardino International Airport.

    These planes have been in firefighting service since 2006.

    The orange and white planes are ubiquitous with aerial firefighting.

    You may have seen the large DC-10 fly low and slow over Highland, San Bernardino and Redlands, as it approached the runway at the San Bernardino International Airport.

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