Above: Tanker 912, a DC-10, follows a U.S. Forest Service lead plane and makes a water drop during training Wednesday, April 6, 2016. 10 Tanker photo.
10 Tanker Air Carrier has been conducting annual training and for their DC-10 crews this week near Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Wednesday evening, April 6, they started their first contract a month earlier than planned and moved Tanker 912 to the air tanker base in Roswell, New Mexico to standby for the fires in Oklahoma.
We read a news report yesterday saying a very large air tanker was available for the Oklahoma blazes, but thought it must have been an error. Apparently not.