Re: 737-200 water bomber!

From:         Tom Speer <>
Organization: 412th Test Wing / TSFF
Date:         15 Jun 96 13:43:30 
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John Liebson wrote:
> ...I have to agree that, in general, jet aircraft are not
> suitable for tanker use. Drops are made at very low altitudes and slow
> speeds, for example, places such as deep into canyons, that I'm not at
> all certain would be even safe in tanker terms for jet aircraft....

Another factor regarding props vs jets:  on many fan engines, the thrust
response to the throttle is so slow that you have to make an appointment
to get more power.  The immediate response of a prop is a definite asset
for flying in rough terrain.