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July 27, 2009 | General

World’s Largest and Fastest Firefighting Aircraft Demonstration

WHAT: Demonstration and media tour of the Evergreen B747 Supertanker, the world’s largest and fastest firefighting aircraft. The Supertanker will release 20,000 gallons of water at 300 feet onto the Edmonton International Airport as fire season approaches. Evergreen International Aviation, headquartered in McMinnville, Ore., will make a brief presentation; participants will then board buses and be taken onto the EIA airfield to watch the demonstration from beside the runway. An aircraft tour and interview opportunities will immediately follow the demonstration.

WHERE: Edmonton International Airport
-Media are asked to register at the Information Booth on the Arrivals Level in Central Hall; please arrive promptly at 9:45 to ensure security clearance can be processed
-Complimentary parkade parking will be provided for media

WHEN: Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at 9:45 AM

On July 28, Evergreen International Aviation will present and demonstrate its cutting edge B747 Supertanker that will forever change the way wildfires are fought at a special news conference and media tour. The Supertanker is the largest tanker aircraft available today and has the same capability of any long-range Boeing 747 passenger aircraft. The aircraft is capable of dispersing a variety of products in response to oil spills, soil stabilization, biological/chemical poisoning and radiation.

This revolutionary new firefighting system has never been used before in Canada; this is the first chance the Canadian media will have to see this remarkable new weapon in the fight against devastating forest and wild fires such as those currently being battled in British Columbia.

With a payload of more than 20,000 gallons and a response time of 600 mph, it has more than eight times the drop capability and twice the speed of other U.S. Forest Service air tankers currently fighting fires. The large capacity of the patented pressurized system is uniquely designed to attack urban interface wildland fires and fight multiple fires in one flight. The Evergreen Supertanker drops at higher altitudes, creating a significant safety buffer. This enables the aircraft to fight fires- at night when wildfires are more vulnerable to firefighting tactics. With a drop pattern of three miles in length and a football field wide, the Supertanker will provide a predictable result to minimize costs and collateral damage. For additional information visit and click on “Supertanker”.

Media Contact:
Donna Call
Director, Communications
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