Boeing 747 reborn as Global Supertanker, flies to save rainforest
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August 27, 2019 - by Tom Vacar
OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - A 14-member aerial firefighting crew with deep ties to the Golden State, including its former Cal Fire firefighting President, has flown 5,300 miles to Bolivia in an effort to save the Amazon rainforest.
Though Boeing 747s, nicknamed the Queen of the Skies, are being retired as passenger jets, global warming and radical fires may be the cause for some to be reborn as mammoth, flying fire trucks.
At least that's the case for one 747, called the Global Supertanker, dubbed the 'John Muir.' 'It's on scene and already fighting fires consuming the Amazon rain forest. The behemoth jumbo jet liner is modified with huge tanks and pumps to drop fire retardant on big fires in one huge drop, almost two miles long, or numerous smaller drops...
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