Viking Air Aerospace Teases Development of CL-515
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December 29, 2018 - by Bill Gabbert for Fireaviation
On December 20, Viking Air released a video that describes in detail a new model of the scooping air tanker that could succeed the CL-415.
The new CL-515, if it is ever built, is supposed to have a 15 percent larger tank holding up to 1,850 gallons (7,000 liters), and the ability to be outfitted with agriculture spraying equipment or carry up to 12 passengers or three stretchers. Other optional equipment could include a larger cargo door, video cameras, and search radar.
We asked a spokesperson for Viking if the description of the CL-515 in the video meant it would be produced, and if so when, we were told, "No official announcement made yet. The 515 video is a promotional tool for the time being to generate interest in the potential production aircraft." The spokesperson declined to give us a date.