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    I can see them but I had trouble posting at a decent size so you may have caught the post while I was editing. The beach one would not export at a reasonable size without being rejected.
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    Several years back we had some idiot decide to set fire to the local gaurigue and it got bad enough for the water bombers to be called in. A Bombariere Dash8 and a couple of Grumand Trackers. The Trackers are a WW2 medium USAF bomber and have been totally updated to modern standard and do a wonderful service. This fire was only a mile or so up wind from us so I shot out and videod so of the action. These are a couple of photos from that video and are not too good but it was an impressive sight! They stopped it too I am glad to say because we were down wind from it.

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    I wolud love to get a flight with one of the Trackers. There are 2 based at Salvasa, Carcassonne airport and I cna tell just how far a fire is away from us by the height they fly over. The higher the better! Not much chance of us getting caught as there aren't so many trees, but it doesn't arf bugger up the swimming pool!
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    OT, but: the military or someone occasionally still flies some Trackers from the airport just a few km to the north of us. Their non-mistakable engine sound is loud and powerful sounding, but also sounds like they're going to really misfire and die.





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    They are highly modified aircraft with turbo prop engines. We have 2 based at Carcassonne and they always go out together. I call them 'les jumeau, the twins. I think they go together for the same reason that fighter pilots do, one ca read and one can write? These are the ones. They gave it a different name, but that's a Tracker airframe.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conair_Firecat

    On the theme of water bombers for a moment, have a gander at this article

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...est-fires.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonzjob View Post
    They are highly modified aircraft with turbo prop engines. We have 2 based at Carcassonne and they always go out together. I call them 'les jumeau, the twins. I think they go together for the same reason that fighter pilots do, one ca read and one can write? These are the ones. They gave it a different name, but that's a Tracker airframe.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conair_Firecat

    On the theme of water bombers for a moment, have a gander at this article

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...est-fires.html

    There's also Viking Air, a local aircraft company just north of us that fitted turbo engines to them and many other types of aircraft (Turbo Beavers and Otters etc.)

    Those two Trackers probably take turns acting as "Spotter" that help the eyes of the attacking pilot pinpoint their drops.

    Man. I've never any plane come in so low!!! Wow, that's some flying with those planes.

    PS: The local COULSON FLYING TANKERS group who flew the huge Martin Mars water bombers did a lot of conversions on various planes as well.
    They were really impressive to watch and were so big, they didn't even seem to be flying until they were doing a drop or water pickup.
    http://www.martinmars.com

    They are currently converting several B-737s for fire fighting/water bomber service:
    http://www.timescolonist.com/busines...ers-1.20212148

    They should be an impressive site doing a big water drop!!!

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    I have never seen a Mars in the flesh, so to speak, but they are an impressive aircraft. I just love aircraft, not a geek, but just love them. I think that the Canidaire driver in the article would have wet himself if he realised just how close he was to that wall!!! I would think that his boss probably said 'golly gosh' several times if he saw the photos?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tsuYUeV7_k

    If the powers to be think fit then please move this to a seperate thread?

    The French latched onto fire bombers very early, in the 50s, and they used Catalina PBYs. A lot of doubt then but they were proved correct. The Cat is an aircraft that I want to scratch build as an RC glider. It is made for it and it looks spectacular as a PSS model (PSS = Power Slope Soarer) I have the plans and when we get back to the U.K. I hope to build one? I have the plans.

    Back to our water jobs. I think that this has to be the biggest yet? An elderly 747, it's got proper instruments, the type I used to work on/with as an aircraft electricition in the R.A.F. on the big transports of the 60s/70s.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZHk6uZV7XM
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    I think that the Canidaire driver in the article would have wet himself if he realised just how close he was to that wall!!! I would think that his boss probably said 'golly gosh' several times if he saw the photos?

    I'm not too sure about that as many good Canadian pilots have learned to fly as "bush pilots" and do things that ordinary pilots wouldn't but just get the job done the best and fastest way possible.

    They seem to have an adage like "why miss by a foot when an inch will do??" But those shots show them pushing it a bit too close I'd say.

    Yes, those 747 water bombers are impressive and it's nice to see they're back up flying and in business.

    PS: I wouldn't think a model PBY would make the best RC glider.
    Maybe ElectriFlyed would be a better choice???:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldO9...PITRCByHobbico





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    I have a couple of ARTF models, but I prefer to build my own. That's a nice Cat, but I love the view from the hills I fly from and with my neck it's difficult to always look up

    My avitar is my Fougar Magistair, an old French basic jet trainer. About 6' wingspan, GRP fuzalarge, foam wings and tail and a very good glider
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    Still with aircraft, but looking out this time. This is a shot I took coming into Carcassonne just before we moved over here. It's the ancient Cité of Carcassonne. The aircraft just turns finals to Statboard, right, and everyone looks out of the Starboard windows. The Cité just sits there out of the Port windows! And what a sight.



    The 737 is the largest aircraft is the largest that can land at Salvasa, Carcassonne and if the wind is light it need almost all of the runway. This is how much is left and I have seen less!

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    The 737 is the largest aircraft is the largest that can land at Salvasa, Carcassonne and if the wind is light it need almost all of the runway. This is how much is left and I have seen less!

    Hmmm…??? It seems to me that jet engine's cowling seems to be aligned the wrong way to be landing or taking off using that runway.

    BTW: That an impressive shot of the ancient Cité of Carcassonne. Double walled yet, and triple in places it looks like. Clever.





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