Water Drop Planes Fly From Burns Flat

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By Bob Fisher

"We catch a lot of bugs at our altitude," said pilot Jason Robinson, pointing to the insectspattered leading edges of the wings of the huge flying boat. The craft, one of three that gained fame dropping water on the huge Rhea wildfires this week, has been based at the old Clinton-Sherman air base at the Oklahoma Space Port at Burns Flat.

The plane, one of only four in the U.S., is a Bombardier CL-415, specially built for fighting fires, and flown by hand-picked pilots from the Aeroflite company based in Spokane, Washington.

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