Water Bomber

Anything that might not belong on the other message boards!

Moderator: Team Cub

Forum rules
1. Keep it clean.
2. Keep the discussion civil.
3. Name calling is not allowed.

Politics and religion are two topics that tend to degenerate into a violation of one of the three simple rules above.

The mods and the site admin reserve the right to "lock" or "delete" any discussion that in our opinion, is "heading in the wrong direction."

MOST of all, be respectful of your fellow Cubber's opinions. Don't expect to change someones belief system from a simple forum on the internet.

Water Bomber

Postby Jeff Silvey » Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:03 am

In my line of work
" EVERYBODY GOES HOME THE NEXT MORNING"
User avatar
Jeff Silvey
Team Cub Mentor
Team Cub Mentor
 
Posts: 3852
Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:30 pm
Location: IN, McCordsville
Zip Code: 46055
Tractors Owned: -
1950 Demo,1956 w/ FH, 1959 w 59" mower,
Cub L-54 Blade,152 Plow
189 plow, LF 194 Plow, Woods 42" Mower,
Choremaster Garden tractors & Implements
Antique Gas engines
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y

Re: Water Bomber

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:39 am

In the late 60s I worked part time for the Forestry Service while going to college, and one of my jobs was working fire lines when not planting trees. There are not any bodies of water big enough for a rig like that around here, but they did have a couple of single engine high wings with pontoons that would skim a local lake and take on water, plus a bigger 2 engine that would land at an airport about 40 miles away to refill. Those things sure are a welcome sound when you are on a fire line. The bigger rig use a fire retardant mix rather than just straight water, which kind of globbed as it fell. Stung a little if it hit you. For several years I had a spotted jacket from that. I heard a radio conversation one day, Pilot called in to report he was on station and asked where they wanted the drop. Foreman gave him location, and pilot replied that he could see some workers there and had been told that mix stung pretty bad from the impact if it hit people. Foreman replied, "You hit us with a drop yesterday, and it is not that bad". Pilot replied "Well, it's nice to know I am hitting something".
"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government
to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the
government lest it come to dominate our lives and interests." Patrick Henry
User avatar
John *.?-!.* cub owner
Team Cub Guide
Team Cub Guide
 
Posts: 19092
Joined: Sun Feb 02, 2003 2:09 pm
Location: Mo, Potosi
Zip Code: 63664
Tractors Owned: 47, 48, 49 cub plus Wagner loader & other attachments. 41 Farmall H.

Re: Water Bomber

Postby danovercash » Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:39 am

That looks like a Grumman HU-16 modified with turboprop engines. When I was stationed on Midway Island we had an original one with Jato assisted takeoff. Rumor was that it was to be replaced with C-130. Also I saw a brochure from a Company in Japan converting HU-16's to turboprops.
"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows." -Epictetus

252646 & 221525. 195897 (Gone but not forgotten!)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dansfarmallcub/
danovercash
501 Club
501 Club
 
Posts: 2818
Joined: Mon Feb 17, 2003 8:48 pm
Location: NC, Kannapolis
Zip Code: 28081
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y

Re: Water Bomber

Postby Jim Becker » Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:53 am

User avatar
Jim Becker
Team Cub
Team Cub
 
Posts: 11845
Joined: Sun Feb 02, 2003 3:14 pm
Location: TX/MN
Zip Code: 75048
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y

Re: Water Bomber

Postby danovercash » Sat Sep 07, 2013 2:54 pm

Wondering if any HU-16's are still flying? Never got to fly in one or C-47/DC-3 either.
"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows." -Epictetus

252646 & 221525. 195897 (Gone but not forgotten!)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dansfarmallcub/
danovercash
501 Club
501 Club
 
Posts: 2818
Joined: Mon Feb 17, 2003 8:48 pm
Location: NC, Kannapolis
Zip Code: 28081
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y

Re: Water Bomber

Postby Rudi » Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:11 pm

CL-415 which is a logical development of the CL-215 which has served all over the world as a Fire Water Bomber. Awesome aircraft. These ones use updated engines and sound nice - real nice -- but it is hard to beat the sound of those twin radials on it's predecessor. Haven't seen any of these 2 types here fighting forest fires. We still have 1 Grumman Avenger and the rest are Air Tractor AT-802Fs - all 7 owned by Forest Protection Limited. We see them a half dozen times most years. This year has been an aberration ... next to no forest fires in this area at all -- too wet :roll:
Confusion breeds Discussion which breeds Knowledge which breeds Confidence which breeds Friendship

User avatar
Rudi
Team Cub
Team Cub
 
Posts: 28425
Joined: Sun Feb 02, 2003 8:37 pm
Location: NB Dieppe, Canada
Zip Code: E1A7J3
eBay ID: ve9rhs
Skype Name: R.H. "Rudi" Saueracker, SSM
Tractors Owned: 1947 Cub "Granny"
1948 Cub "Ellie-Mae"
1951 Cub "Jethro"
Dad's Putt-Putt
IH 129 CC
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y
Twitter ID: Rudi Saueracker, SSM

Re: Water Bomber

Postby Rudi » Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:15 pm

danovercash wrote:Wondering if any HU-16's are still flying? Never got to fly in one or C-47/DC-3 either.


Grumman HU-16 Albatross

Confusion breeds Discussion which breeds Knowledge which breeds Confidence which breeds Friendship

User avatar
Rudi
Team Cub
Team Cub
 
Posts: 28425
Joined: Sun Feb 02, 2003 8:37 pm
Location: NB Dieppe, Canada
Zip Code: E1A7J3
eBay ID: ve9rhs
Skype Name: R.H. "Rudi" Saueracker, SSM
Tractors Owned: 1947 Cub "Granny"
1948 Cub "Ellie-Mae"
1951 Cub "Jethro"
Dad's Putt-Putt
IH 129 CC
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y
Twitter ID: Rudi Saueracker, SSM

Re: Water Bomber

Postby danovercash » Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:27 pm

Thanks, Rudi.
"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows." -Epictetus

252646 & 221525. 195897 (Gone but not forgotten!)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dansfarmallcub/
danovercash
501 Club
501 Club
 
Posts: 2818
Joined: Mon Feb 17, 2003 8:48 pm
Location: NC, Kannapolis
Zip Code: 28081
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y

Re: Water Bomber

Postby Harold R » Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:47 pm

Rudi...theres a nice fleet of 215's up in the NWT. Buffalo maintains 4 plus maybe a DC-4 or two rigged for fire suppression. I'm suprised you don't tune in to Mikey and the boys. :lol:
Harold R
Team Cub Guide
Team Cub Guide
 
Posts: 3100
Joined: Thu Feb 20, 2003 4:54 pm
Location: Louisiana
Zip Code: 71058
Tractors Owned: 1948,50,53, and 56 Farmall Cubs
1969 International Cub
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y

Re: Water Bomber

Postby Rudi » Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:44 am

Harold:

Joe and the kids are set for auto-record :big smile: Ice Pilots is one of my favourite programs. I loved the episodes where they delivered the ones they sold to Turkey and the one they found kinda busted in Hawaii

I love the old birds really do. New ones are cool but hey ... piston engines are my heart and soul. We live as you know right in front of the approach to runway 29 so I get to see all of the birds coming in and out on that one - my favourites are the small puddle jumpers - piston engine and of course the Hercs and Aurora's (P-3 Orion's for those south of the 49th) and all the old mil birds that visit from time to time.
Confusion breeds Discussion which breeds Knowledge which breeds Confidence which breeds Friendship

User avatar
Rudi
Team Cub
Team Cub
 
Posts: 28425
Joined: Sun Feb 02, 2003 8:37 pm
Location: NB Dieppe, Canada
Zip Code: E1A7J3
eBay ID: ve9rhs
Skype Name: R.H. "Rudi" Saueracker, SSM
Tractors Owned: 1947 Cub "Granny"
1948 Cub "Ellie-Mae"
1951 Cub "Jethro"
Dad's Putt-Putt
IH 129 CC
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y
Twitter ID: Rudi Saueracker, SSM


Return to Off Topic

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests