What about the "logistics" of the massive clean up presenting the people of Yarloop....hundreds of peoples lives ruined, possessions lost forever, dream homes destroyed. Not to mention the 2 blokes who actually died in these fires.
i think maybe you need to get your head out of the sand.
I certainly DID think this through....the cost of having a 747 on standby would be miniscule compared with the cost of rebuilding, the cost of fighting these fires for days on end, spitting on them with tiny water bombers and the "Elvis" chopper
Head in the sand?
Fact is you need a major airstrip nearby capable of accommodating a 747.
That means if the fire isnt near a capital city they're miles away.
Then it gets one run before it has to go back to fill up.
So it's highly probable it gets one run every eight hours or so given the round trip.
How long do you think it takes to fill a 100,000 litre tank?
In that eight hours how much greater does then fire front get?
Then you need a pilot skillfull enough to manoeuvre a plane designed to fly at 30,000 feet, only a couple of hundred feet off the ground.
For all the years of training a qualified 747 pilot takes to get his/her wings, I'll take a stab that not once do they train to fly at that altitude.
It's just not safe.
Then there's the cruising speed of a 747 to consider.
They fly at approx 800 km/h at cruising altitude.
Of course dropping a payload from that height/speed is useless.
I wouldn't be surprised if it's actually impossible to keep a 747 airborne at the speed you'd need to be flying to effectively drop the water.
Like I said, to be effective it has to be done at a couple of hundred feet.
Remember they're going to be full of fuel and 100,000 litres of water/fire retardant.
Bush fires are a fact of life in this country, unfortunately they're going to destroy lives and property.
Equally unfortunate is that there's no quick way to put them out once they get dangerous, least of all the use of a 747
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