How Do Firefighting Aircraft Work?

We are used to seeing images of aircraft being used to fight fires. Every year, there are a number of wildfire events where aircraft are deployed to drop water or chemicals. Which aircraft are used for this, and how do they carry their load? This article explores further.

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Yeah I heard a while back that Flybe’s Dash 8 were going off to be firefighting aircraft. Nice to see them be put to use. I love the 747 super tanker!