The scoop on the new scooper tanker

Sporting a pair of intakes not much bigger than an iPad, a specialized aircraft based at Minden-Tahoe Airport can fill a 1,500-gallon tank in 12 seconds.

Bridger Aerospace Chief Executive Officer Tim Sheehy said the big yellow aircraft that resembles a seaplane is one of five in the country specially built for firefighting.

“We’re able to get more water onto the fire faster than any other asset,” Sheehy said of the CL-415 Enhanced Aerial Firefighter. “The rapid nature of the turnaround and the cost per gallon is about 20 percent of a large air tanker, because how much you can do in a single day.”

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