Disaster Zone

Boeing 737 Aircraft Being Converted to Firefighting

It is about time to add newer aircraft to the fleet.

by Eric Holdeman / June 4, 2018

I think about the tremendous stresses that are placed on aircraft frames when they are used as fire retardant tankers for wildland firefighting. I recall one aircraft having its wings snap off during one wildland suppression mission.

Thus the news that a few newer 737-300 aircraft will enter the market for the 2019 fire season is good news indeed. The linked article points to the significant cargo-carrying capacity of the airplane, since it will still fly with passenger seating remaining in place.