Fighting fires with aging tankers from another era

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    #2 michaelmaltby, Sep 30, 2013
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    Great video - Neptunes to BAE Jumbolinos .... good story on B-52 enhancements on the same page
     
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    Look at the operating cost differences between piston and turbine engines and that's most likely the reason. With budgets shrinking and fuel costs rising, there isn't an easy solution to this.
     
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    The military-surplus aircraft are cheap, and unlike its equivalent some other countries, the US Forest and Park Services do not maintain a fleet of firefighting aircraft, which means that the operations are being handled by smallish businesses that can't afford the up-front expenditure to buy something like a CL-415 or a Be-12.
     
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