Photos of firefighting aircraft in Chile

747 SuperTanker crew

Above: personnel with the 747 SuperTanker crew pose with a member of the Chilean Air Force (in dark green jumpsuit).

In case you have not been following Fire Aviation and the stories about the 747 SuperTanker being mobilized to help manage the wildfires in Chile, here are some photos. More information is at

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The Russian IL-76 Taxiing past the 747 SuperTanker. Photo by Bill Gabbert.
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Water flows out of these huge pipes in the IL-76 when a large flapper valve is opened.

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Stairs mounted on a truck are positioned at the 747’s door upon landing.
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Part of the hose “spaghetti” used to refill the 747 SuperTanker.
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Three drug-sniffing dogs searched the interior of the SuperTanker after it landed at Santiago.
Bill Moody Air Tactical Group Supervisor
Bill Moody, an Air Tactical Group Supervisor, came to Chile with the 747. In this photo he leads a daily briefing.
Deploying hose to refill the 747
Deploying hose to refill the 747
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Portable tanks storing water for the 747 Supertanker.

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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.

One thought on “Photos of firefighting aircraft in Chile”

  1. Hey Bill, good stuff, the pictures and commentary are great. Keep it up. darn, wish I was still in the game.


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