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5:44 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Fire Air Tanker Relocates To New Mexico

The company that flies the DC-10 aircraft typically used in fighting huge wildfires is now calling New Mexico home.  The manufacturer of the fixed-wing air tanker, has completed its relocation from California to the Albuquerque Sunport.

The move comes as many in New Mexico are concerned about the upcoming fire season.

The air tanker is equipped with what is considered one of the largest external fire retardant tanks, capable of holding 12,000 gallons of water or flame retardant.

Rick Hatton, President and CEO of 10 Tanker Air Carrier, says New Mexico was found to be the most suitable place where the airplane can be worked on outside all year-round.

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Information from: KRQE-TV, http://www.krqe.com

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