To start with, watch this video.

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The US firefighting fleet is old.  The Neptune is an old airplane. The US firefighting fleet has met with a number of crashes (link).

Pilots flying fire fighting missions face tremendous challenges. Invariably there’s a lot of crosswind, smoke and low altitudes.  Just the sort of work that will wear out an airplane. In and in the EU, they have modern fire fighting airplanes.  Why can’t we these in the USA?

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