John Gould is the president of 10 Tanker. It is thanks to him we have a second model of his fleet of four tankers. I will now quote him with some facts he provided on his fleet. “Our DC-10’s are 9400-gallon very large tankers. In Metric terms, we can drop 36,300 litres per drop. 10 Tanker operates a fleet of four converted passenger DC-10’s and they are some of the last off McDonnell Douglas production lines built in the late 1980’s so they are as newest DC-10 you could get. The Decision to build this fleet on older aircraft has many benefits over today’s newer aircraft. Primarily, the DC-10 was selected thanks to the aircraft’s classic flying characteristics as well as its ability to handle significant weight changes while in flight. These aircraft are a pilots aircraft and thus are well suited for the task. If we were flying the MD11 or any Airbus products there would be a lot of computer inputs which you cannot get around. You can’t program a computer to lose 36,000 liters of weight. Those control inputs make it hard to use newer aircraft, whereas the DC-10 can be flown without the reliance of automation and computer control. From its introduction into service as a pax airliner, the DC-10 was renowned and praised by pilots or its high power, thanks to the aircraft’s three turbines which produce 51,000lbf/ 226.85 KN. As an air tanker, this power means that 10 Tanker pilots can be confident in handling the aircraft throughout its mission maintain safe flight when operating with or without its fire retardant payload. We are never lacking for power in any profile. While water is often used in smaller 10 Tanker operations, 10 Tanker aircraft drop a specially mixed fire-retardant gel.” End quote
Some facts about the 2019/2020 bushfire season here in Australia
As of 9th of March 2020 the fires burnt out an estimated 18.6 million hectors (46 million acres)
Lives lost was 34 and three of the those from Coulson family
Homes destroyed = 3500
Building’s = 5852
And Thanks to the pictures from Australia, I just finally ordered my copy.
Once I had the first release on order, but cancelled it (I always regret it, as it was soon after sold-out).
Good on you StillAir. This copy won't be around for long either I expect. This release was due to a special request from Collectors Aircraft Models Australia (Inflight200 distributors) who placed an order on the manufacturer due to high level expressions of interest, which lead to commitment to the model.
Can I also add two very important stats I left off my original post (op) . While 34 people lost their lives as mentioned above in op, 417 died indirectly of smoke inhalation. While all those stats are bad enough. This is the one that also hurts, It is estimated that over a billion animals perished and some of those that where on the endangered species list may now heading towards extinction if they are not there already.
Very nice topic and background info Steve. Hope inflight can rework the model of the DC10 and give us gear up option. Nice how they made the external tank.
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It's a shame we didn't get the DC-10's in Sydney this year.
Aeroclassics please make:
Norfolk air 737-200 (VH-OZD)
Ozjet 737-200 (VH-OZU)
Air Nauru 737-300 N/C, 727-100 (C2-RN4)
Australian Air express 727-100 VH-TBS
Heavy lift 727's (RP-C8019 and 9L-LEK)
Kalitta air DC-8's
PAWA Dominicana DC-9-30 (HI965)
TAB Cargo Bolivia DC/MD-10-30 (CP-2791)
LAB 727-200 (last c/s)
Amerijet 727-200 (N495AJ) Before it got fitted with wingles. Circa 1999
Raya airways 727-200 (Last C/S)
Neptune air 727-200 (9M-NEP)
While all those stats are bad enough. This is the one that also hurts, It is estimated that over a billion animals perished and some of those that where on the endangered species list may now heading towards extinction if they are not there already.
to quote myself with a very sad update report conducted by WWF on the 2019-2020 bush fire season, some really bad news.
"Nearly three billion animals – mammals, reptiles, birds, and frogs – were killed or displaced by Australia’s devastating 2019-20 bush fires.
It’s almost three times an earlier estimate released in January.
The breakdown is 143 million mammals, 2.46 billion reptiles, 180 million birds, and 51 million frogs.
Ten scientists from the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, University of Newcastle, Charles Sturt University, and BirdLife Australia contributed the majority of the work.
The project is being led by Dr Lily Van Eeden and overseen by Professor Chris Dickman, both from the University of Sydney.
While results are still being finalised, the headline figure of nearly three billion animals impacted is unlikely to change.
“The interim findings are shocking. It’s hard to think of another event anywhere in the world in living memory that has killed or displaced that many animals. This ranks as one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history,” said WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman" End Quote.
Originally Posted by B-KPA
what an interesting model! did you get this in Australia?
I believe this model was requested or commissioned by Collectors Aircraft models Australia, with the majority of the the production run coming to Australia. The rest of the production run was for world wide distribution to Inflight200 distributors and retailers