Skip to comments.Amazing video: Spanish Air Force 43rd Group
Posted on 10/01/2012 5:32:43 AM PDT by carriage_hill
A friend, who's a US commercial airlines pilot, sent this video to me, and it's just amazing. The skill of a water take-off, water-dump on fires, a water landing and re-filling, and taking-off again, probably dozens and hundreds of times, is absolutely amazing. Looks like 3+ -aircraft involved.
The photography/video is beautifully done.
This is the Spanish AF, though I've not see any USAF videos of this, but a few films of private firms dumping a reddish fire retardant on the western fires this past summer.
I can't even begin to imagine the skill this takes. Anyway, enjoy it and the music...
Wonder what kind of planes those are? Larger float-planes like that are rather rare these days. Looks a bit like the Grumman Goose, but I don’t know.
Perhaps actually a Spain-built plane?
Excellent video.. Thanks.
I think this might be in the Canary Islands. Its Spanish territory and looks a lot like this.
It’s a Canadiar CL-215. Spain has been flying them for a while.
This is a Canadair CL-215.
Bombardier CL-415 SuperScooper...
It’s a Canadair CL-215, as 2 other posters have stated. my error. I can’t tell an F-15 from an F-18. Duh.
I think I only saw 3 examples of them actually putting out a fire. This is more like a commercial than a video demonstrating what they do.
Just my opinion...
Thanks, that was pretty impressive.
They had a couple of them scooping water in Big Arm Bay on Flathead Lake in Western Montana a month or so ago while fighting a fire between Polson and Hot Springs.
Impressive planes, they hit the water, jack up the throttle, and then when full, climb and turn and head to the fire.
We were in a boat about 100 yds away. Me without my camera. I never go anywhere without my camera except when I miss the best shots of my life!
I’d like to have seen more footage of fire fighting, but that’s all there was.
Me too. I have it duct-taped to my hand now. :)
Didn’t 0bummer just kill the funding for a couple of dozen of these planes because of some EPA-related BS crap?
The Ice Pilots NWT show on the History channel has had some fascinating episodes on the ‘scooper’ fire-fighting planes. They had planes in Canada that they sold to Turkey and had to make a trans-Atlantic crossing to deliver them, plus they had to train the Turkish pilots. There are 3 episodes concerning the planes:
S01-E09 Transatlantic Crossing
S01-E11 The Crash (students training on one plane crash it)
I really got into watching Ice Pilots, especially the episodes with these planes.
I missed that; I’ll have another look. Thanks for the catch on that point.
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