AP: Debate over use of jumbo bomber as wildfires rage in West

In case you missed it, over the weekend the Associated Press examined why the world’s largest aerial firefighting tanker has remained grounded while wildfires burn across the western United States.

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From the story:

“But the company says the U.S. Forest Service is seeking to keep the plane grounded by offering a contract limiting firefighting aircraft to 5,000 gallons (18,900 liters) of fire suppressant and won’t say why. The company says the federal agency is putting homes and lives at risk just as the current wildfire season surges past the 10-year average for land area burned in a decade that includes some of the most destructive and deadly wildfire seasons on record.”

Demand for the Global SuperTanker has already materialized:

“’Would we use it if approved? Absolutely we would use it,’ said Janet Upton, deputy director of communications for the agency, most commonly known as CAL FIRE.”

Today, CBS This Morning ran a feature on the plane and it being “grounded by red tape.” See video clip below:

The Global SuperTanker is the world’s largest and most advanced aerial firefighting tanker. Why is the United States Forest Service keeping it grounded?

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About Global SuperTanker Services

Global SuperTanker Services, LLC was formed in 2015, joining a strong portfolio of companies managed by Alterna Capital Partners LLC as part of its aerospace sector. Along with the formation of Global SuperTanker Services, LLC, all SuperTanker related system hardware, spare parts, intellectual property and STC’s were purchased and upgraded to fit our newer, more modern B747-446, tail number N744ST, Tanker number 944. The core operations group represents 259 years of aviation and related U.S.F.S. experience. It includes many decades of international flight, maintenance and ground support, the majority of it on the 747.

About Alterna Capital Partners

Alterna invests in large capital assets and related operating companies in the transportation, energy, power and industrial sectors globally. Alterna was founded in 2007, manages over $1.25 billion of equity capital across two funds and co-investment, and owns commercial aircraft, power plants, ships, resource processing facilities and other energy related assets.