** Notice the close up this plane was high above me yet you can see the propellors spinning. The Canadair CL-215 (Scooper) was the first plane in a series of firefighting flying boat amphibious aircraft built by Canadair and later Bombardier. It is a twin-engine, high-wing aircraft designed to operate well at low speed and in gust-loading circumstances, as are the conditions found near forest fires. It is also able to land and take off from short, unpaved airstrips. I photographed this plane as it flew over me while I was standing in a Mall parking lot in Thunder Bay Ont. As of Sat Sept 13th There are currently 59 active fires in the province of Ontario. I believe this plane was headed back to Thunder Bay Airport. Even with all the fires in Ontario one 4 person crew was working along side Minnesota Firefighters to help with a fire there. Canada often sends help to the USA when they need assistance with emergencies. The cause of the fires were both both human and lightning. Investigation at the site of lightning-caused fires has determined that some have smouldered for as long as 10 days before popping up as wildfires.
September 13th, 2012
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