Old Warbird firefighters...

Discussion in 'General Military Arms & History Forum' started by ysacres, Mar 6, 2003.

  1. ysacres

    ysacres Moderator Moderator Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    Wawawai WA
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    (8/7/02 10:09:54 am)
    Reply Old Warbird Firefighters....
    The Forest Service is trying to get the Military to release some "newer" surplus aircraft for firefighting....some of the present ones are over 50 years old.


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    (8/7/02 12:27:57 pm)
    Reply Re: Old Warbird Firefighters....
    not a bad idea,, locally, we use an old PBY,,must be 50 to 60 years old,, I watch it take off and wonder if it is going to get into the air,,,so far, so good,,,,
    Stan H ,, nighthawk

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    (8/7/02 3:41:56 pm)
    Reply Re: Old Warbird Firefighters....
    NH.....those old PBYs make great aerial firefighters. I've seen some that are able to load themselves by landing on a lake and scooping the water inside as they taxi. Are yours equipped that way?

    Earlier in the year when I saw one of those PB4Y aerial waterbombers in action, I wondered how safe they were. The weak point in all the Liberators was where those Davis Wings attached to the fuselage.....and, sure enough, when they showed that one crashing recently, those wings just folded upwards into a "V".

    I wonder just how well those "contract waterbombers" are maintained? You take a 50-year old aircraft, run it max/max (and probably overgross), give it marginal maintenance......and you've got a recipe for disaster.