Simulations of air tanker drops

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I ran across this video which contains simulations of air tankers flying and dropping on fires. There must be a couple of dozen models of air tankers, dating all the way back to the C-119. Somebody put a great deal of work into this; it must have taken hundreds or thousands of hours to design the aircraft and the retardant dropping.

TankerGuy72’s YouTube page where this was found has a link to a Simulated Air Tanker Operations Facebook page which has some clues leading one to believe that Microsoft Flight Simulator X is involved. It makes my head hurt to try to figure out how someone did this.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

6 thoughts on “Simulations of air tanker drops”

  1. That is amazing, WOW! Why didn’t air attack anchor off that road though rather than drop right next to it, ha ha! Very impressive cgi!

  2. Everything you see in the three video’s are available for free on the internet. With a bit of work a very convincing fire bombing simulation is possible. Also, with the multiplayer capabilities of FSX it’s possible to fly multiple tankers/birdog/helicopters together online.


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