Aeroplane Monthly 1976-07
C.Ashford - Canada's flying firemen
A de Havilland Canada Turbo-Beaver water-bomber dumps its 140 Imp gal load from its float tanks.
The Consolidated PBY-5A Canso water bomber made its appearance in 1961. 800 Imp gal are carried in the hull.
The first two Canadair CL-215s from the Montreal assembly line on a test flight over the Laurentian Mountains. The type has also been delivered to the Service de la Protection Civile de France.
A D.H.C.-3 Otter demonstrates its water-dropping capabilities at the Sault Ste Marie Air Service Base in 1958. About 180 gal could be carried.
A D.H.C.-3 Otter at the scene of a widespread forest fire. The Otter was the first of the smaller water bombers.
A de Havilland Canada D.H.C.-6 Twin Otter water-bomber at the moment of dropping its load from the floats. Note how the doors on the inboard surface of the float bottoms open sideways to release 4,600 lb of water in a single drop.
A de Havilland Twin Otter floatplane, belonging to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Forest and Wildlife Service, takes off from Toronto Harbour.