Video: Firefighting Helicopter Grabs Water From A Pool

Splish splash, stopping fire in its path

This specially configured firefighting 747 supertanker can dump 20,500 gallons of water at once on a fire, before landing to refuel and reload. Helicopters can’t carry as much (they drop anywhere from 100 to 3,000 gallons of water in a single load), but they are great a quickly grabbing refills, usually from nearby lakes or rivers. Or, in the case of this helicopter in Portugal, from a nearby backyard swimming pool.

Props to the pilot.


Kelsey D. Atherton

Kelsey D. Athertonis a defense technology journalist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work on drones, lethal AI, and nuclear weapons has appeared in Slate, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and elsewhere.