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Hercules Air Tanker

Airplane Photo

  • Type:   Lockheed C-130 Hercules
  • Venue:   Stead Air Base
  • Location:   Reno, Nevada
  • Date:  
  • Camera:   Minolta 7000i w/150-300mm Zoom
  • Film:   Fuji ASA 100 Color Print Film
  • Full Size Photo (~250kb)

This photo is a C-130 Hercules cargo plane that has been adapted to the fire-fighting role. It is shown here doing a practice air-drop at the Stead Air Base near Reno, Nevada. The red stuff coming out of the plane is a fire retardant slurry. This slurry contains a component that helps put out the fire, plus fertilizer to encourage the growth of new vegetation after the fire to prevent future erosion.

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