BAe-146 Air Tanker Take-off from Chico
Tanker 12, a British Aerospace BAe146-200, takes off from Chico Municipal Airport (KCIC). This one, based out of Missoula, Montana, is owned by Neptune Aviation Services, which operates several BAe-146s, and, until last year (2017), made extensive use of the P-2V Neptunes as air tankers, holding about 2,800 gallons of fire retardant, whereas the BAe's hold 3,000 gallons. Tanker 12 was heading up to combat the deadly and destructive Carr Fire near Redding and Whiskytown Lake. What museum docent Bob and one other person were discussing near the end of the video is why the McDonnell-Douglas DC-10s and Boeing 747s, which are Very Large Air Tankers (VLATs), cannot fly into Chico, which is mainly because of the ramp's weight restriction and the lack of space for such large aircraft. The runway is also too short to be fully safe for VLATs to take off. And unfortunately, the OV-10 Bronco got in the way of a perfectly good lift-off.
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