Twin Bambi Bucket drop in Russia.
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This isn't "old" history per se but it does seem worthy as a first. That is one HUGE load!
Twin Bambis Deliver, at 40,000 lbs.!
Twin Bambi Buckets with a combined payload of 20 tons (5200 US gal./
19,600 litres) were successfully test flown under a Mi-26T on
June 24, 1997.
The first Bambi Bucket was delivered in 1982.
Fifteen years and
seventy-five countries later on the Russian Riviera, SEI Industries
Ltd. of Canada teamed with Skytech Heavy Lift Helicopters of Belgium
to give birth to this new ultra heavy lift Twin Bambi Bucket system.
This amazing demonstration sparks the future of aerial delivery of
fire suppression services by the world's largest heavy lift helicopter.
The focus in forest fire-fighting is for an early attack, taking
command of the fire before it gets out of control.
The trend is to
use larger helicopters to transport a skilled ground crew and their
equipment directly to the remote incident, then quickly change roles
to provide aerial delivery of fire suppressant. This tactic takes
full advantage of the helicopter's multi-mission capability. In this
scenario, the Bambi Bucket equipped heavy lift helicopter is a proven