Video of DC-10 Supertanker’s fire retardant drop on a mountain

DC10 Air Tanker fighting a fire on a mountain

A cool video shows the DC10 Air Tanker (known as “Supertanker”) performing a nose dive (and subsequent high-G load pull-up) to drop fire retardant over a mountain.

Note the “pathfinder” King Air flying ahead of the DC-10 to point the drop zone for the tanker.


Unfortunately the video was removed after we posted this story, but the top screenshots gives an idea of the scene.


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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.