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DC-10 Air Tanker

The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 series has certainly had a long and sometimes unfortunate history. I came across some articles and videos of four of these classic aircraft that are still in service fighting forest fires for 10 Tanker Air Carrier based in California.

All are converted DC-10-30 series and began their careers as passenger aircraft. They have an average age of 35 years. See the table below.

Registration Fleet #  Original Carrier Date Delivered
N612AX  910 Thai Airways Dec-87
N17085 911 Finnair May-75
N522AX 912 Japan Air System May-88
N603AX  914 Thai Airways Dec-87
 The original tanker, a DC-10-10 Registration N450AX, was converted in 2005 and retired in 2014. It is now stored at Oscada-Wurtsmith airport in Michigan.
  tmb 550 n450ax

For additional information please visit the links below:

Planespotters.net - aircraft details
10 Tanker Air Carrier - Company Profile
Wikipedia.org - Program Development History
YouTube Videos - Fire Fighting in Action

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