Above: Some of the tanks inside the 747 Supertanker while the system was basically in place but not fully installed and operational. McClellan Air Field, March 22, 2016.
(Originally published at 12:05 p.m. October 24, 2017)
Craig notified us about this video which is a very interesting guided tour through the retardant delivery system of the 747 SuperTanker. I learned that the equipment is more complex that I realized. For example, just the compressed air, the AIR, that forces the liquid out of the tanks weighs 2,700 pounds.
The videography is very shaky and the camera is not always pointed in the appropriate direction, but if you can hear SuperTanker pilot Marcos Valdez’s narration, it is very informative. The video was uploaded June 24, 2016.
As the camera enters the plane, Marcos is on the right and lead plane pilot Jamie Tackman is on the left. Jamie spent some time with us during the crew’s deployment to Chile in January providing insight on flying lead planes in general, and operating in front of the 747 in particular — very informative.
Here is another video that shows the installation of the tank system. While it is roll-on/roll-off, it obviously takes a while.
Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Craig.
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