Remember Tanker 910, the innovative DC-10 water bomber we wrote about a few weeks back? The aircraft was spotted yesterday in the skies above Silicon Valley as the big jet was drafted to battle a 150-acre forest fire that broke out near Cupertino, California — just a few miles from the headquarters of Apple Inc. It was the first time Tanker 910 made an appearance in the skies above the Bay Area.
By all indications, Tanker 910 played a decisive role in helping to contain the blaze before any homes were destroyed. As CDF fire chief Mike Martin told KPIX-TV:
"The DC-10 is a big punch; it’s about 12,000 gallons. Our air tankers, the S2T’s we use, are 1,200, so it’s ten times each drop," said Chief Mike Martin of Cal Fire. "It did a great job for us today; we brought it up here because of the threat to Cupertino. It put about a half mile line between the homes and the fire. And that slowed down the progress of the fire until we could get into it, and then we utilized the helicopters and smaller fixed wings to work in and around, the canyons."
Action-packed video available via the links below.
UPDATE, 23 October, 2007
Tanker 910 is playing a major role in battling the huge wildfires that have engulfed Southern California. Find out more and watch the video at our updated post: DC-10 Fire Tanker Joins the Fight Against SoCal Blazes; Supertanker 747 Sits Idle
150-Acre Fire Near Cupertino Prompts Evacuations (KPIX-CBS news report, with embedded video)
RAW VIDEO: DC-10 Drops Water (KNTV NBC-11 embedded video. RECOMMENDED!!)