Global SuperTanker Services confirmed that a tanker airplane B747-400 named “ Spirit of John Muir“ has arrived in Israel, 24 hours after receiving an urgent request from the Government of Israel to fight devastating wildfires in the country.
After flying nonstop from Colorado Springs, USA, the firefighting B747 and its crew has joined a team of Israeli and international firefighters to halt the spread of a series of massive fires that have prompted thousands of evacuations and destroyed hundreds of homes.
Jim Wheeler, President and CEO of Global SuperTanker, said: “Our team is committed to providing assistance to our friends in Israel for as long as it takes to gain control of, or extinguish these devastating fires. We are prepared to stay in Israel for as long as we are needed, but we hope that the SuperTanker will provide the force multiplier to end these devastating fires in a very short timeframe.”
The company claimed that the Spirit of John Muir is the world’s youngest Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT), and has almost twice the capacity of the next biggest aerial tanker.
The John Muir is capable of delivering single or multiple segmented drops totaling nearly 20,000 gallons (75,708 liters) of water, suppressant or fire retardant, either of which can be released at variable rates, producing a tailored response to the firefighting need.