The Cᴀɴᴀᴅᴀir CL-415 family of amphibious aircraft was initially developed by Cᴀɴᴀᴅᴀir and later manufactured by Bombardier, Viking Air, and De Havilland Cᴀɴᴀᴅᴀ. Based on the Cᴀɴᴀᴅᴀir CL-215, the CL-415 is primarily made for aerial fireғɪɢʜᴛing, while it can also be used for utility delivery and search and rescue missions.
After the CL-215T refit program successfully proved a market need for a turboprop-powered variant of the original CL-215, work on the CL-415 began in the early 1990s. The aircraft, whose production began in 2003, had new engines in addition to a number of other upgrades over the CL-215, particularly in the cockpit and aerodynamics, which enhanced performance.
The CL-415 is a modern fireғɪɢʜᴛing amphibious flying boat that may be used to find and put out forest fires thanks to improvements to its cockpit, aerodynamics, and water-release mechanism. The CL-415 has better production and performance than the CL-215, which has a lower operational weight and speed. Its two Pratt & Wʜɪᴛney Cᴀɴᴀᴅᴀ PW123AF turboprop engines are more potent than the pair on the CL-215; they are positioned nearer to the fuselage and each has a maximum thrust rating of 1,775 kW.
Without having to go back to base to refill its tanks, the CL-415 can draw up to 6,140 l (1,350 imp gal; 1,620 US gal) of water from a local water source, mix chemical foam into it if necessary, and then drop it on a fire. The CL-415 was primarily created to be able to respond to flames quickly and use a lot of suppressant. Although there are header tanks on either side of the fuselage above this level, they are frequently located beneath the hull, below the cabin floor.
Now let’s Watch Cᴀɴᴀᴅᴀir CL-415 Water Bombers Fireғɪɢʜᴛing In l’Aquila, Iᴛᴀʟʏ in the video below:
Source: Marco Gismondi
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