Evergreen International Supertanker at San Bernardino, May 31, 2006
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On Wednesday May 31, the Evergreen International 747-273C Supertanker, N470EV flew from Boise, Idaho to the San Bernardino Airport with a load of 20,000 gallons of water that it dropped in a demonstration of its potential as a firefighter. This was the final demonstration in a tour that took the Supertanker to Sacramento California, the Aberdeen Proving Ground Maryland, Scott Air Force Base Illinois, Tallahassee Florida, and Boise.
The Supertanker entered the downwind leg of the left hand pattern for a dry run over the airport.
The radio call sign of the Supertanker is Tanker Nine Four Seven.
The Supertanker carries Boeing construction number 20653. It first flew on May 2, 1974 and was delivered to World Airways as M749WA on June 10, 1974.
World Airways leased c/n 20653 to Korean Airlines, Braniff Airways, Viasa, Lufthansa, American Airlines, and Flying Tigers. It received its current registration on December 31, 1989. Evergreen International leased it to Southern Air Transport in 1994.
Classic 747 lines.
The Supertanker circled around for the wet drop.
Helinet Aviation Services Eurocopter AS 350 B2, A Star N143AE, hovered over the airport waiting to shoot high-definition video of the water drop demonstration.
Link to the Helinet Aviation Services web site.
The Supertanker dropped its load of water across the airport along taxiway Bravo.
The drop lasted about 20 seconds at 1,000 gallons of water per second.
The Supertanker made a full stop landing on Runway 24 at 10:44 in the morning.
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367-80 Stratoliner Prototype, N70700, MASDC, November 12, 1973
EC-137D Airborne Warning and Control System Prototype, 71-1408, Boeing Field, Seattle, June 18, 1973
727-63 General Electric Unducted Fan Testbed, N32720, Mojave Airport, November 9, 1986
747-121 General Electric Engine Testbed, N747GE, Kramer Junction, California, August 24, 1999
#1 737-900 Prototype, N737X, Edwards Air Force Base, November 2, 2000
NT-43A Radar Test Bed, 73-1155, Death Valley, January 24, 2003
#1 757-200 F-22 Avionics Testbed, N757A, Air Force Plant 42, Palmdale, California, February 13, 2006
747-273C Evergreen International Supertanker, N470EV, San Bernardino, May 31, 2006
720-051B Honeywell engine testbed N720H, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, December 27, 2007
757-225 Honeywell engine testbed N757HW, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, February 1, 2010
#6 787-8 Prototype N787ZA, Mesa Gateway Airport, Arizona, November 11, 2011
#3 747-8 prototype N50217, Mesa Gateway Airport, Arizona, June 21, 2010
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Coulson Flying Tankers Martin JRM C-FLYL Hawaii Mars, Lake Elsinore, California, October 27, 2007
Lockheed C-5B Galaxy 87-0039, Travis Air Force Base, August 8, 1998
Boeing 747-123 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft N905NA/Atlantis, Edwards Air Force Base, July 7, 2007
Antonov Polet An-124-100 RA-82080,Mesa Gateway Airport, January 15, 2011
China Airlines Boeing 747-409 B-18210 Dreamliner, Los Angeles International Airport, March 2, 2006
Antonov An-225 Mriya UR82060, Zhukovsky, Russia, September 3, 1993
Evergreen International 747-273C Supertanker, N470EV, San Bernardino, California, May 31, 2006
Boeing Thai 777-3D7 HS-TKD, Los Angeles International Airport, August 20, 2013
Air Tahiti Nui Airbus A340-313E F-OLOV, Los Angeles International Airport, March 2, 2006
China Eastern Airlines Airbus A340-642 B-6052, Los Angeles International Airport, February 28, 2006
British Airways Airbus A380-841 G-XLEE, Los Angeles International Airport, January 19, 2015
Lufthansa Boeing 747-830 D-ABYK, Los Angeles International Airport, January 19, 2015
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