Strangely enough ignored by US fire fighting services and like piston engined predecessor CL.215, the CL415 still attracts the favour of quite a few other countries regularly assaulted by bush and forest fires ...

DATE:04/01/08
SOURCE:Flightglobal.com
Spain bolsters water bomber fleet

The Spanish government has placed a firm order for two Bombardier 415s, to take its fleet of the amphibious firefighting aircraft to 22. Delivery will begin this year.

Spain currently operates one Bombardier 415, 14 CL-215T and five CL-215 aircraft.

Since the first Bombardier 415 amphibious aircraft was delivered in 1994, 66 have been delivered to firefighting agencies in Canada, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy and Spain. In addition, 67 CL-215 amphibious piston aircraft remain in service fighting fires.


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Amphibious firefighter the Bombardier 415 can complete nine drops within an hour and deliver 55,233 litres (14,573 USgal) of fire suppressant


The Bombardier 415 firefighter has a maximum speed of 195kt (360km/h). In an average mission of six nautical miles 11km (6nm) distance from water to fire, it can complete nine drops within an hour and deliver 55,233 litres (14,573 USgal) of fire suppressant.