Aerial firefighters go through intense training before they’re ready to fight active wildfires from the sky. Government agencies like the US Forest Service and state governments contract Bridger Aerospace to provide the planes and pilots used to battle blazes that threaten property and human life. We spent three days with Bridger’s training team in Mesa, Arizona, where a new class of pilots and technicians trained for the 2021 fire season in the company’s signature firefighting aircraft known as the Super Scooper. This $30 million “flying boat” scoops up 1,400 gallons of water before deploying it on an area affected by a wildfire.
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How Aerial Firefighters Are Trained