Jumbo air tanker wins protest, may fight more US wildfires

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By Keith Ridler, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A giant passenger jet converted to fight wildfires was grounded this year by U.S. officials during much of what turned out to be an especially destructive U.S. fire season, but it could be flying much more next year. The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Thursday sided with Global SuperTanker Services in its battle with the U.S. Forest Service. The Colorado Springs, Colorado-based company challenged the agency's 5,000-gallon limit on air tankers, which kept the 19,000-gallon plane idle until late August. After that, the Boeing 747-400 flew only in California in a deal with the state. Ahead of wildfire season, the Forest Service offered firefighting contracts that limited the size of...

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