World’s largest helitanker now available to fight forest fires

World's largest helitanker available.

By For Event-News Enterprise

It’s the largest and most capable heavy-lift fire helicopter in the world and it is now available to help firefighters get a jump on wildfires that erupt. A CH-47 Chinook helitanker, that can drop 3,000 gallons of water or retardant in a single pass, will now support firefighters during wildfires, as Southern California enters the peak of wildfire season.

With hot, windy weather forecasted through the end of the year, and more than three million acres already burned in the state, this heavy-lift helitanker could not have come at a better time. Southern California Edison (SCE) is providing funding for the CH-47 twin-engine, tandem rotor, heavy-lift helicopter for 83-days starting October 1, 2020. The helitanker, that is being leased and operated by Coulson Aviation, Inc., will be available

around the clock to counties serviced by Southern California Edison including Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino.