North American air tankers return from Australia

Four large air tankers have completed their assignments

10 tanker DC-10 prepare return home

Above: The crew from 10 Tanker makes final preparations to depart at the end of their assignment in Australia. Photo credit: RK Smithley.

Originally published at 8:59 a.m. MDT March 23, 2018.

As the bushfire season winds down in New South Wales and Victoria the large air tankers have all returned to their  bases in North America or will be departing soon. The four aircraft were an RJ85 from Aero Flite, a DC-10 from 10 Tanker, and two C-130’s from Coulson.

Below, RK Smithley documents the preparation of the DC-10, the cargo, and their flight from Richmond RAAF Base in New South Wales, Australia back to Albuquerque.

3 thoughts on “North American air tankers return from Australia”

  1. unfortunately they left too early within five days of them departing Sydney a major fire on the south coast of New South Wales destroyed 69 houses and damaged other ones not sure how much they would have helped but had the bushfire authorities had them available and called them inearly maybe?.

  2. unfortunately they left too early within five days of them departing Sydney a major fire on the south coast of New South Wales destroyed 69 houses not sure how much help they would have been ?.

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