The press release from Evergreen is aggravating! "There have been recent changes to the US Forest Service procurement policies. Today,
only small businesses are eligible for contract awards concerning air tanker assets;
Evergreen is not a small business and, therefore, is excluded from consideration for any
Really?? Tell that to the people who's homes and businesses are burning! "Sorry folks, Evergreen is far to large of a company to put this fire out." Really??? Meanwhile, that 747 sits on a ramp, waiting. Makes no sense."The US Forest Service’s specification for Next Generation Air Tanker aircraft limits tank
size to 5,000 gallons. The Supertanker’s tanks hold about 20,000 gallons, which is
considered outside the USFS specification. The USFS just awarded contracts to four
small businesses with aircraft equipped with these smaller tanks, and excluded the
Evergreen Supertanker. Since World War II, tank capacities have been in the 3,000 to
5,000 gallon range, yet we continue to face the growing threat from mega fires today. We
believe the Supertanker represents an overwhelming response to this growing threat."
Makes no sense at all!! Why limit the tank size?? Isn't the goal here TO PUT THE FIRE OUT???
Anyone have any thoughts on this??
Supertanker in action: