News Listings for Boeing YC-14

  • Under fire

    News | 21 Jun 2004 23:00

    <p>US government moves to extinguish the careers of ageing waterbombers has sparked a wider debate on public-sector aircraft</p> <p>The manner in which the US government manages a fleet of privately owned aerial firefighting aircraft has itself come under fire. For the first time in more than four decades, overseers of North America's western forests are entering a potentially severe period of wildland flare-ups without the aid of a multi-engined air-tanker fleet - mostly post-Korean War piston-powered aircraft converted for dispersing up to 11,400 litres (3,000USgal) of fire retardant or water.</p> <p>Although the ageing group of Douglas DC-4s, DC-6s and DC-7s and Lockheed P2V Neptunes and P-3As and have not been grounded, the fleet is unlikely to fly again for the firefighting branches of the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the US Forest Service (USFS).</p> <p>The uproar that followed has provoked talk among prominent US lawmakers about reforming the regulatory framework th
  • US Forest Service steps up search for new air tankers

    News | 31 May 2004 23:00

    <p>With 30 aircraft approaching retirement, ex-USN Vikings may be long-term solution</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The US Forest Service has accelerated a four-year plan to replace 30 aging multi-engine airtankers to as early as next summer. Under review are retired regional airline turboprops and a mixture of phased-out military aircraft, from LockheedS-3B Vikings and C-130E Hercules to the Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The search for replacements also ranges to more exotic concepts, such as reactivating a 1970s Boeing YC-14, buying Russian BerievBe-200 amphibians and utilising a Lockheed L-188 Electra, says Tony Kern, assistant director of aviation management at the forest service.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ideally, the first replacements will enter service before next year's summer fire fighting season, says Kern, who adds his agency's fiscal 2005 budget request does not yet reflect the new requirement.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Kern is initially attracted to proposals based