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SuperScooper fills at Jackson Lake



Here is a Canadian SuperScooper filling up in Jackson Lake. Mostly used to fight Canadian wildfires, this aircraft is also leased to California firefighting agencies for their fire season, and now it's helping with the Teton/Yellowstone fires in my neck of the woods.

SuperScooper is the nickname given to certain amphibious firefighting aircraft built by Canadair. The three aircraft known as "SuperScoopers" are the Canadair CL-215, the CL-215T and the Bombardier 415 turboprop.

It flies at about 100 mph just above the surface of a lake or reservoir, scooping up large amounts of water into its belly. In just 12 seconds, the plane can accumulate 1,600 gallons of water, to be dropped on nearby fires that would otherwise rage out of control. Because of its unique lake scooping ability, there is no need to return back to a water "refilling station" which could be far away. It takes a special pilot certified to operate a seaplane to ensure water conditions are calm enough and safe for scooping.

Thank you Canada! =]:)

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1 comments

  1. Incredible skill to fly that low that fast, adjust for the sudden increase in drag, and not end up under water.

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