Video: Watch DC-10 Fire Tanker Nose Dive Over a Mountain

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Fire trucks are cool. Airliners are cool, too. Combine the two, using an aircraft type that we don’t get to see much of these days, and you have the DC-10 Fire Tanker. Three of them are in existence (910, 911 and 912), and they are capable of spreading fire retardant over a mile long, a stretch not seen from more common, smaller aircraft that perform the same mission.

We came across the first video on Facebook and LiveLeak, showing the power of this airliner, diving over the top of a mountain, very low above terrain.

This 2nd clip shows a series of retardant-dropping passes.

Flying a three-holer like a fighter jet while saving lives puts this aircraft pretty high on the badassery scale.

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  • Simon Gunson

    Nice to see a DC-10 actually flying rather than just migrating from waypoint to waypoint at 35,000ft