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More than just for transportation, airplanes have proven to be versatile. Aside from carrying passengers and huge amount of cargo, the following functions will blow you away:
Fire aviation is a concept not everyone is familiar with. The DC-10 Air Tanker has been in service since 2006, serving as an aerial firefighting airplane. These are developed from the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 passenger jetliners. The capacity of the exterior belly-mounted tank is 12,000 US gallons (45,000 liters) of water or fire retardant which can be dumped by the turbofan-powered aircraft in just eight seconds. The three centerline belly tanks contain internal baffles which help in preventing the fluid shift during flight. While the aircraft is still on the ground, all three tanks can be simultaneously filled up in just eight minutes. There are those who weren’t impressed by the DC-10’s maneuverability but then again, it has proven its agility no matter what terrain is under it. Only one drop from the DC-10 Air Tanker is equivalent to approximately 12 drops from another firefighting aircraft – the Grumman S-2 Tracker.