The reborn 747 Supertanker arrives at Sacramento

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Tanker 744 at McClellan Air Field, March 22, 2016. Photo by Bill Gabbert.

The 747 SuperTanker arrived at McClellan Air Field in Sacramento today after flying in from Marana, Arizona where it received a new paint job. It will be on static display for attendees the Aerial Firefighting conference until Wednesday, March 23.

Bob Soelberg, Senior VP and Program Manager of Global Supertaker, said the retardant delivery system still needs a few tweaks before it can actually drop water or retardant, but they hope to have it ready to fight fire later this year.

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Retardant delivery system on Tanker 744 at McClellan Air Field, March 22, 2016. Photo by Bill Gabbert.
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Tanker 744 at McClellan Air Field, March 22, 2016. Photo by Bill Gabbert.
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Retardant delivery system on Tanker 744 at McClellan Air Field, March 22, 2016. Photo by Bill Gabbert.
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Retardant nozzles on Tanker 744 at McClellan Air Field, March 22, 2016. Photo by Bill Gabbert.
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Tanker 744 at McClellan Air Field, March 22, 2016. Photo by Bill Gabbert.

This article first appeared on FireAviation.com. For more information about the 747 visit these articles at the site tagged 747.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills.

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