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The Thunderball Connection to Marana

Evergreen postpones availability of their 747 Supertanker August 22, 2013 by Bill Gabbert

After initially thinking their 747 Supertanker would be available in mid- to late September, Evergreen has reconsidered and expects to have it ready for the 2014 wildfire season.

The U.S. Forest Service awarded the company a Call When Needed contract on June 14, but the aircraft was sitting in Marana, Arizona with the engines removed and safely in storage. After receiving the contract Evergreen scheduled a needed "C" check which would have started August 2 and depending on what was found during the process would have been ready to fly in mid- to late September — about the time the western wildfire season begins to wind down. The cost of the "C" check is over a million dollars.

A "C" check is a complete, heavy overhaul; the aircraft is opened up, all inspection panels, seats, galleys, lavs, overhead bins, side-walls and insulation are removed and the aircraft is checked for cracks and out of limit equipment such as hydraulic actuators and bearings.
The brakes and tires are replaced and the aircraft gets washed and polished and comes out looking like new. This usually takes about 3-4 weeks.

747 SUPERTANKER Stays grounded while Colorado Burns - June 28, 2012 by Jack Blood
The more destruction from this massive burn (which may have even been intentionally set? the bigger the problem… Which should require a major Agenda 21 style "solution" …. Also the lack of response to the Fires has many (Including Bill Kristol) crying over defense spending "cuts" while we continue to provide corp. security guards for the usual suspects. AND…( by the time this is over we'll be "begging them to resume the chemtrailing".)

Evergreen speculates that small business contracting requirements prevented the use of their Supertanker - Posted on June 29, 2012 by Bill Gabbert - Wildfire Today

Please contact your state representatives in Washington DC to demand an examination of their current procurement policies concerning VLAT aircraft. The US Forest Service says it best: "Only YOU can prevent forest fires."
June 30, 2012 - Bob Stromberg of Evergreen Aviation: Forest Service wrote rules disallowing use of the Super Tanker

June 15, 2012 - Evergreen Aviation has a state of the art fire fighting plane. But the U.S. doesn't want to use it.

End of The Innocence.

I had earlier looked at the U.S. Forest Service's operations at the Pinal Air Park, Marana, Arizona and found that there was a cooperative deal between the Forest Service/Government and Evergreen Air where the Forest Service/Government allowed Evergreen to develop, under contract, the Evergreen Supertanker in exchange for allowing the planes to be used for Government Contracts during non-peak fire season. Well, I found that in March 2007 Evergreen discontinued their Supertanker program very abruptly. Several links will give you some of the background of the program that was being developed for fighting western wildfires.

New York Times article - The Iran Pipeline: A Hidden Chapter/A special report.; U.S. Said to Have Allowed Israel to Sell Arms to Iran By SEYMOUR M. HERSH -Published: December 08, 1991

According to former Israeli Government officials, some of the chartered flights carrying American arms for Iran originated from a covert air base near Tucson, Ariz., known as Marana Air Park. For years, the Central Intelligence Agency has used Marana for secret arms shipments. In the mid-1980's, C.I.A. operatives and others used the field for the secret program to resupply the Nicaraguan rebels during the years that Congress had barred aid to the contras. "

See also - Iran Contra Affair (1983 - 1988) - Cold War Museum

Let me dispel some of these rumors that seem to have spread like wildfire. Much of what is said regarding Marana as used only for covert operations in my opinion is just wrong. Let's say that many of the operations carried on early in the history of what might be called "Air America" took place at Marana and continued at least up through the Iran Contra Affair and were conspicuously deceptive, but secret underground facilities and aerial population control and triangular planes just aren't the purpose of Pinal Air Park, it is more a museum to some of more vintage flying history of the U.S. and has been used as a Federal Law Enforcement Officers training facility and one of the training centers by the British Army for "Conversion To Role" training for Apache combat operations.

I have been there on numerous occasions and saw several unusual things but all in defense of our country and its efforts to combat terrorism nothing like what these rumors persist in spreading. I might disagree with many things but I think Marana, at least during the late 1980¡¯s and early 1990¡¯s reclaimed much of its dignity, if it had lost any at all. And the BONEYARD that is shown in the picture is the one used by Evergreen to refurbish jets.

The rumour is in context below:

EXPOSED !... Evergreen Air Facility... A Secret CIA 'Front Company' for U.S. Chemtrail Operations and More!
'Between 1962 and 1975, we worked on different research-and-development projects out of Marana Airpark, near Tucson, Arizona. Projects we tested included a ¡®para-wing¡¯ with a remote-control device and a parachute with a built-in guidance system that could zero in on a ground frequency system commonly known as a ground-to-air beacon device. Also, we tested the Parachute Impact System, which played a huge role in the secret war in Laos. This parachute allowed the pilot to fly high enough to keep out of range of small-arms fire. We worked with the Forest Service and BLM in¡­support of [combating] wildfire. From New Mexico to Alaska, we worked with the CIA and assisted in airborne training back in Williamsburg, Virginia.'

The reason I got so upset is that by falling behind on the pupose of "firefighting" the Forestry Service using planes for any other purpose has fallen behind on what they should be used for. The outcome is that instead of using the Evergreen Supertanker Boeing 747 with a capacity of 24,000 gallons the DC-10 was being used with a capacity of 12,000 gallons to fight the Malibu Canyon fires in 2007.

Stay up with the controversy as to the biggest and best SUPERTANKER - October 2007 - DC-10 Drop On Arrowhead Fire - Channel 4, KNBC, Los Angeles, CA - Oct. 22, 2007 - DC-10 SUPERTANKER Dropping on Malibu Fire - November 25, 2007

The U.S. Forestry Service and Evergreen Air do not see eye to eye on many things. I am concerned at the time it took for Evergreen to commence it's efforts in it's own backyard.
Evergreens¡¯ Supertanker spotted on satellite photo

Written by Bill on February 14th, 2011

I found on the front page of yesterdays WILDFIRE TODAY the following:

Update at 11:54 p.m. MT, June 8, 2011 - The wildfires that are now destroying towns have been raging for several weeks and Evergreen's Supertanker is just now joining the fight.

KPHO is reporting that "fire officials" said late Wednesday that they are bringing in the Evergreen 747 Supertanker to assist with the fires. It should arrive Thursday. The aircraft has been sitting at Tucson, so it will be a short 20-25 minute flight to the Wallow fire, if that is where it will be used.

July 2011 - The USFS has refused to put the very large air tankers (VLAT) under exclusive use contracts, and only offered call when needed (CWN) contracts, with no minimum hour or day guarantee, for the DC-10¡äs and the 747, operated by 10 Tanker Air Carrier and Evergreen. 10 Tanker reluctantly signed the CWN contract with the USFS, but Evergreen did not.

UPDATE December 5, 2010. Evergreen is sending a Supertanker to Israel that has an 80,000 litre (21133.7641886 Gallons) capacity.

The Israeli Air Force is expecting at least 25 firefighting aircraft, including the American 747 Supertanker, owned by Evergreen (leased for a price of $26,000 an hour). It is expected to land at Ben Gurion International Airport at 4:11 MT today. After crew rest, the 747 may be available for operations on Sunday, if Evergreen¡¯s schedule holds up. Some are calling it a BUSH FIRE.

Evergreen Aviation answers Israel's call for help

Boeing 747

The DC-10