A CL-415EAF was used for the first time on a fire near Elko, Nevada

Tanker 281 Cedar Fire Nevada
Air Tanker 281 completed over 60 water drops in support of firefighters at the Cedar Fire on its first ever mission. Photo July 21, 2020 by K Mita, Bridger Aerospace.

A CL-415EAF was used for the first time on a fire Sunday, July 19.

The first CL-415EAF was delivered to Bridger Arospace’s facility in Bozeman, Montana in April, 2020 as part of a contract that with all options exercised is valued at $204 million covering the purchase of six of the amphibious scooping air tankers.

The first use of one on a wildfire was Tanker 281 on the Cedar Fire 15 miles south of Elko, Nevada Sunday where it completed over 60 water drops in support of firefighters. The fire has burned 6,000 acres and is being fought by 8 hand crews, 10 fire engines, 2 helicopters, and various air tankers for a total of 258 personnel.

The CL-415EAF modification program consists of converting CL-215 airframes to turbines using Viking-supplied conversion kits and replacing all obsolete components. It features a new Collins Pro Line Fusion® integrated digital avionics suite, Pratt & Whitney PW123AF turbine engines, and increased water tank capacity with a higher delivery two-door water drop system. The work is done in Canada by Longview Aviation Services in collaboration with Cascade Aerospace.

5 thoughts on “A CL-415EAF was used for the first time on a fire near Elko, Nevada”

    1. I don’t believe the article was meant to be exclusive in anyway. Most articles don’t cover all of the aircraft on fire. This one seems to highlight this aircraft’s first flight on fire which is an awesome milestone.

      1. Agree it is an awesome milestone for Viking and Bridger. Very excited to see them join the foray and further the fight. A lot of hard work and dedication on their part and the existing fleet.

  1. I have always been in love with aviation. I do recall that one of the first airplane models that I got as a child was a PBY Catalina. My Dad was on B-17s in WW2 so I had questions about the aft “bubbles” and how they did the defensive guns on the PBY. Later, I got the adventure of a lifetime flying C-130s in the USAF. Now I’m a geezer that is quite involved in wildland fire, and deeply love the air show. There’s something about the looks of the CL-415 that makes me gaga about that plane. I’d give much to sit in the right seat in one during scooping and bombing. Cheers to all.

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