Bolivian President Evo Morales has hired the Colorado Boeing 747 Supertanker to be used in the Amazon firefight.

According to the company website the B747 Supertanker is used specifically to fight fires and is capable of dropping 19,000 gallons of retardant in one trip.


The Supertanker can carry almost twice the capacity of the next largest aerial tanker with a system that can drop water, retardant, gel, or foam. The website also says that the supertanker can "operate without any speed, altitude, or operational restriction."  

The plane operates out of Colorado Springs with a high speed of 600 mph. With it's central location and high speed it can be anywhere in the U.S. in 2.5 hours.

SOURCES: GLOBALSUPERTANKER.COM

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