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Fixed Wing Tanker Fleet 

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Grumman S2 Turbo Tracker

These tankers are the work horses that make up CalFire's fixed wing tanker fleet. Each can hold 1,200 Gallons of fire retardant.

McDonnell-Douglas MD-87

These MD-87s are operated by Erickson Aero Tanker, and can hold up to 3,000 Gallons of fire retardant each.

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Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules

The C-130 is operated by multiple units of the United States Air National Guard equipped with Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems (MAFFS), as well as with Coulson Aviation. The Hercules can carry up to 4,000 Gallons of fire retardant.

British Aerospace BAE 146

The BAE 146 is a versatile jet operated primarily by Neptune Aviation. The 146's younger cousin, the RJ-85 Avro is also operated by ConAir & Aeroflite Incorporated. These jets can hold up to 3,000 Gallons of fire Retardant

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McDonnell Douglas MD-10

The MD-10 is operated by 10 Tanker Air Carrier and can carry up to 9,400 Gallons of fire retardant. The MD-10 is classified as a Very Large Air Tanker, or VLAT, and is currently the largest air tanker operating in the U.S.

Boeing 737-300

The 737 Fireliner is operated by Coulson Aviation, and can hold up to 4,000 Gallons of fire retardant each. 

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Super Scooper CL-415

The CL-145 is operated by Canadair & Aeroflite Incorporated and can carry up to 1,600 Gallons of water. The scoopers are very versatile, and have the ability to land on large water bodies to avoid reloading at conventional airports. 

Fire Tractors & Fire Bosses

The AT-802 is operated by Conair & multiple other private contractors, and can hold up to 820 Gallons of fire retardant or water.

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Boeing 747 Super Tanker

The Boeing 747 formerly known as the "Global Super Tanker" is a historical aircraft that VAFFU has decided to resurrect  and return to service. The 747 can hold up to 19,200 Gallons of water or retardant, making it the largest air tanker in existence. 

Rotary Wing Fleet

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UH-70 FireHawk

The FireHawk is operated mainly by CalFire & private contractor, equipped with a water tank and snorkle. The FireHawk can carry up to 1,000 Gallons of water per load.

Huey UH-1H / Bell 208

These UH-1H are operated by CalFire & other private contractors, and can hold up to 360 Gallons of water.

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Bell 206

The Bell 206 is normally used by private contractors and can hoist a bucket of 216 Gallons of water.

Boeing CH-47 Chinook

These CH-47s are operated by private contractors and can hold up to 2905 Gallons of water.

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Air Tactical / Support Fleet

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Aero Commander AC-500

The Aero Commander AC-500 is mainly operated by private Air Attack contractors and provide the eyes in the sky for tanker aircraft and the IC.

North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco

The OV-10 is a retired military forward air control airctaft, and is now CalFire's primary survey, lead, and air attack air frame.

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King Air B200

The King Air B200 is used by a variety of companies and private contractors, and is usually used as a lead aircraft to guide tankers for their drop. 

Pilatus PC-12

The PC-12 is mainly used by Colorado's fire survey support to observe, map, and categorize fires from a high altitude.

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