<big><center><b><b style="color: red;font-weight:bold">“FIRE SEASON” <b><b style="color: black;font-weight:normal"> by Janet Archibald
“FIRE SEASON” by Janet Archibald

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“FIRE SEASON” by Janet Archibald

This wonderful, vivid painting shows the moment that Tanker 10, Number 911 releases nearly 12,000 gallons, or just under 2 Olympic swimming pools worth, of fire retardant.
The spotter plane, a King Air, leads the loaded DC-10 to the fire and marks the release point with smoke. the following DC-10 releases the retardant at the beginning of the spotter plane smoke marker.
At the bottom of the painting, a Sikorsky S-64 Sky Crane is finishing loading with water and is getting ready to go back into the fray.
Aerial firefighting involves the use of aircraft–both fixed-wing and rotary-wing–to combat wildfires. Among the fixed-wing type are air tankers and water bombers equipped with tanks that can be filled with fire retardant or water.

Tanker 10 is a converted McDonnell Douglas DC-10 commercial airliner. It’s a three-engine, wide-body aircraft that was first introduced in 1971 and was in service with American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, and Pan Am. Production of the DC-10 ended in 1989.

In 2002, the company 10 Tanker Air Carrier began proof-of-concept testing of the DC-10 VLAT in an aerial firefighting role. In 2006, the aircraft was issued a Supplemental Type airworthiness certificate by the FAA which allowed it to be modified for aerial firefighting.
Shortly thereafter, the DC-10 VLAT was certified as an air tanker by the United States Forest Service and was first used in California during the 2006 wildfire season on a “call-when-needed” basis at the price of $26,500 per flight hour.
One retardant drop from the DC-10 covers a swath roughly 300 feet wide and one mile in length, four times the coverage of any other tanker currently in use. Tanker 10 is also capable of multiple drops from a single load.

Aircraft Specifications:

Cruising speed: 520 knots
Feet-per-minute climb rate: 2,000
Fire suppressant tank capacity: 11,600 gallons

FIRE SEASON by JANET ARCHIBALD(SH-64: dc-10)@vbader.com


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