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Old 06-06-2020, 07:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Model: 10 Tanker Air Carrier by Inflight200


Model Item # IFDC10AT0320


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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























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Great looking firefighter. A perfect "10".
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Fantastic model !

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).
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Fantastic model !

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.
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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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