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McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (N612AX) - Tanker 10 shortly after departure from KIWA to the "Copper Canyon Fire" 2021.
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McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (N612AX)


Tanker 10 shortly after departure from KIWA to the "Copper Canyon Fire" 2021.


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Chris C Kinsley
Beautiful aircraft.
Matt Smith
where were you ? NW of Gateway? I live SE so usually get the other side..:)
Frank Deane
I get the shivers every time I see one of these. We lost one a little way back during bush fire season. To come all the way to down under and then the crew lost their lives for us, I can only say --- we will remember them.
Good comment Frank. That C130 that was lost last year down south near Cooma had a 3 man crew onboard.
David Plummer
Fantastic picture.

While I am a huge advocate for tanker planes like this, I am concerned about structural fatigue due to both the load factor and frequency of flight cycles. When looking at wide body tanker aircraft, I am not aware of any being newly built aircraft right off the production line. They are used planes retrofitted for the new purpose. I have respect for the maintenance check cycles, but every aircraft reaches end of functional life at some point. I just wonder if the life-cycle estimates are realistic considering the stresses of fire tanker operations?
At $60,000 per hour, I guess you can have a fancy paint job.
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
09-Jun-2023 DC10Albuquerque Intl Sunport ()Roswell Air Center () 12:10PM MDT 12:41PM MDT 0:30
04-Jun-2023 DC10Albuquerque Intl Sunport ()Albuquerque Intl Sunport () 06:43PM MDT 08:34PM MDT 1:50
28-May-2023 DC10Albuquerque Intl Sunport ()Albuquerque Intl Sunport () 10:14AM MDT 10:45AM MDT 0:30
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