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USFS permanently grounds C-130 and PB4Y tankers.

Old 7th Dec 2002, 19:23
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Post USFS permanently grounds C-130 and PB4Y tankers.

The images of the 2 tankers that were lost earlier this summer were a horrifying picture that hit hard to anyone involved in aviation.

The Government commisioned a Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP), to hold a number of hearings around the country and review the entire aviation wildland fire fighting business. The BRP published it's report yesterday available at this link.

Today the US Forest Service has announced the permanent grounding of the C-130A and PB4Y tanker fleet and a safety review of all 19 P-58 Barons, and 4 Sherpa's (Shorts 360's) story at this link.

Interesting reading,and I think they have done a pretty good job of identifying the problems and the ways the agencies involved operate. Makes for some interesting reading for anyone interested in this sector of aviation.
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