In 2006 10 Tanker Air Carrier introduced a new asset to the Wildland Fire Industry in the form of a DC-10 wide-body jet, setting new standards for capacity, speed, safety and cost effectiveness. Given these attributes, fire managers recognized the tremendous efficiencies the DC-10 brings to the mission, and how this single tool can keep fires smaller and less destructive for both the general public and the ecosystem.
The performance of the DC-10 allows for retardant loads three to four times larger than other Next Generation air tankers. By bringing four times more retardant to the fire line on every flight, fires are extinguished more quickly, lowering risk exposure for both pilots and ground personnel. At the same time, these efficiencies reduce the cost per gallon delivered by up to 65%, which is an important figure for budget conscious fire managers. For firefighters on the ground, the effectiveness of the DC-10 represents a significant innovation in aerial fire suppression.
10 Tanker DC-10s have operated on wildfires across the United States, Canada and Australia. They have dropped retardant in every type of terrain ranging from the Mountains of the Sierra Nevada to the plains of Texas, everywhere finding high praise for the dramatic effectiveness of these modified and fully certified aircraft.
Now with three aircraft flying, 10 Tanker Air Carrier continues to enhance what is already the safest, most effective airtanker available, and plans to expand its scope of operation to serve firefighters around the globe.