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.
Bushfires are a blight on Australia’s rural communities and are now increasingly threatening city limits, Sydney being recently headlined when in 2013 New South Wales experienced a series of bushfires which swept through an area of 290,000 acres, destroyed 248 buildings and cost A$94 million.
Interview with the State of California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Chief Ken Pimlott, 22 March 2016, on the first day of the Aerial Fire Fighting Conference, Sacramento, CA.