Fresh off a mission in Israel in November, the big Boeing made the five-thousand plus mile trip to Santiago arriving January 25. It was immediately put to work and its 20,000-gallon drop capacity soon made a difference in the firefight. After being credited with saving several communities from certain destruction, the SuperTanker team was given an award by the Chilean Red Cross for its humanitarian act.
After many years of speculation and rumors, the United States Forest Service has finally decided that it is time to stop cutting bait and actually start fishing. On November 30th, the agency posted a solicitation for bids for what they call the “Next Generation Air Tanker”.
The Croatian Air Force (Hrvatsko Ratno Zrakoplovstvo - HRZ) has recently increased its amphibian firefighting fleet by one aircraft. This was achieved by the conversion of a land-based Air Tractor AT-802A (military serial number 896) into an amphibian Air Tractor AT-802A Fire Boss.