Wildland Firefighting Aircraft – Guest Post

p3-OrionAlan Carr explores the world of fire-fighting aircraft.

If you’re flying anywhere around the Western United States, you can probably navigate from state to state using nothing more than the plumes of smoke from the massive forest fires consuming the west. On the average, more than 100,000 wildland fires scorch between 4 million and 5 million acres in the U.S. every year. In more recent years, with an increase in drought conditions throughout the west, fires have torched upwards of 9 million acres a year.

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