ESCANABA, MI-- Two “Super Scoopers” practiced drops at the Delta County Airport Tuesday.
The Canadair CL-415 is designed and built as a water bomber for aerial firefighting. It can scoop up to 1,600 gallons of water from a nearby source and drop it on a fire. There are only four such aircraft in the U.S.
Due to spring wildfire season the Forest Service has the tankers, a helicopter, and an air attack plane stationed at the airport. At 9 a.m. the tankers conducted proficiency tests, which included scooping water from Lake Michigan and dropping it at the airport.