USFS announces new contracts for 7 next-generation air tankers

Today the U.S. Forest Service announced they intend to award contracts to five companies for a total of seven next-generation air tankers. The companies with winning bids were Minden, Aero Air (aka Erickson Aerotanker), Aero Flite, Coulson, and 10 Tanker Air Carrier.

More information is at Fire Aviation.

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. Google+

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  1. Thank you Wildfire Today for staying with this story. Who knows what part of your awarness helped to “push” forward the powers- in-charge to FINALLY make something happen. Triva: 1976, Nevada BLM contract, DC-4, $742 hour wet, $742 availablity per day, coverage on seventh day $1100. I hope that these new gen contracts reflect seven day coverage. Its time to put the horse and buggy away. Thanks again Dr. Gabbert, continued success.

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