USFS is issuing contracts for 3 next-gen airtankers

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Tanker 910, a DC-10
Tanker 910, a DC-10, at Rapid City, April 23, 2013. Photo by Bill Gabbert

After 548 days, the U.S. Forest Service is going to issue exclusive use five-year contracts for three next-generation air tankers, in spite of the protest filed by Neptune Aviation, a company that was passed over in the contract awards. Three companies were notified Thursday by USFS contracting officers that the contracts are being actually awarded — Minden, 10 Tanker Air Carrier, and Coulson.

More details are at Fire Aviation.

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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.