We have used many types of aircraft to fight fires; Helicopters, WII vintage Aircraft and now we are going to try a 747, that's right a Jumbo Jet? Wow, that will be something. And certainly something Airbus will not try with their new A380 wing tip vortices "trench digger" as the wingtips hang past the width of the runway. We have seen in the news and aviation journals that they will use Schlumberger 747s to do this? This article piqued not only my curiosita, but also many other aviator types. This is a most interesting ideas submitted by Schlumberger. Using 747's which could certainly haul the loads and with the flaps and slats down a heavy could in fact slow to 190 knots release 1/3 the load and come back twice more and do so safely. And talk about a payload, more than a B-52. Now that would in fact be interesting to watch and a lot safer than a WWII vintage B-17, which would need nearly 100 passes to do the same.
It might take a while to fill up the 747, like 4 hours and you would have to be dead center on the fire, but one drop in front of a fire and no fuel would be burnable that direction. Of course there are environmental issues with that much material. If you miss, it would be a big deal and costly too, but if you had the right pilot, it could work. Proof of concept would be most fascinating and of course a way to slow down the aircraft to approximately 110 knots would also be quite good, all this can actually be done by way of modification. And think of how many of these planes are parked in the desert in Tucson, you could probably extinguish a whole volcano? If you could only fly through the ash without having all four engines quit?
Once you put these things in a 747 capable of flying itself with Zero / Zero visibility you could actually have yourself a giant firefighting UAV, robotic, gigantic aircraft. Robotics are coming very fast and today Aircraft can practically fly themselves in zero / zero visibility. Fly right through the smoke. The fact is as things get better and better and we are able to align satellites with lasers, and get better accuracy soon you can count on a perfect landing, no need for pilots. Auto mated fire aerial Jumbo Jet Fire Fighting; Film at 11:00. It is fully capable to add some of the latest technology into our aircraft fire fighting efforts. Sounds like science fiction, but it will not be long now; Think about it?