The Boeing 747-400 Global SuperTanker is the true “Next Gen” air tanker, can carry 19,200 gallons of fire suppressant at close to 600 MPH.
The Global SuperTanker can put out fires just about anywhere.
It joins the worlds fleet of aerial firefighting tankers not only as the youngest VLAT (VERY LARGE AIR TANKER) but with almost twice the capacity of the next largest aerial tanker. The two separate, but identical constant flow systems are pressurized which allows for either continuous discharge or up to 8 segmented drops. Coverage levels range from CL2 to CL8 and above. The system is approved for retardant, gel, foam and water drops or the combination of any two of these agents and ground servicing for another sortie takes approximately 30-35 minutes.
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