Since the DC-10 is currently flying the Woodbury Fire here in AZ, I thought it’d be fun to give anyone who wants to try, a lesson in aerial firefighting simulating the entire mission. If you’re so inclined, I’ll be heading up shortly using a TBM as the Lead Plane. Callsign will be L33. Below are the details:
Use the DC-10F 10 Tanker
Spawn at KIWA using Cargo 01 or Cargo 02 (Close enough to the tanker base)
Load 90,000 pounds of cargo and 58,000 pounds of fuel
Depart direct CNYON waypoint and climb to 8,000.
Within 7 miles of the waypoint reduce speed to 160 KIAS with Flaps 28
I’ll pick you up at CNYON. Follow me but don’t overrun me please!
Once arriving at CNYON, make a gentle left 360 whilst descending to 5,000.
Continue in the turn past 360 and plan on rolling out around 245.
The drop will be straight ahead. Now is the time to go flaps 35 and follow me in the descent until 200 ft AGL
I will give you a quick rudder wag showing you where to drop.
Upon completion, increase thrust for climb and reduce flaps to 28 until 5 miles from drop while not climbing above 7000 at 160 KIAS.
And “Go get me another!” (That’s the lingo for load and return.)
Like I said, I’ll be leaving IWA shortly (noon PDT) and proceeding to the fire on the Expert Server. I’ll be up for an hour and if no one shows up I’ll head back to base.