Definitions

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  • n. A helicopter used in firefighting, especially against forest fires, which drops water or other fire retardant on the fire.

Etymologies

heli- +‎ tanker (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And we have three strike teams, which is about 15 engines, two helicopters and a helitanker.

    CNN Transcript Aug 31, 2009

  • However, the county is finalizing plans to once again split the costs of a massive helitanker with San Diego Gas

    10News.com - Local News

  • The helitanker can carry 2,600 gallons of water at a time, but it's much slower than the Super Scoopers and has a shorter flight time.

    10News.com - Local News

  • Four aerial bombers and a helitanker were involved the fire fighting task on Tuesday, while two other aircraft surveyed the area.

    National Nine News

  • Firefighting helitanker unloads water onto bushfires Photo: EPA

    Latest News Breaking News and Current News from the UK and World Telegraph

  • An order for three air tankers that morning was canceled and a helitanker did not reach the scene in the Angeles National Forest until an hour or so after its scheduled arrival, the records and interviews show.

    AroundTheCapitol.com

  • The Forest Service on Tuesday had six air tankers, four helicopters and a helitanker fighting the fast-moving blaze.

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  • Santa Ana concerns keep a firefighting helitanker on standby longer.

    San Diego News

  • A large helitanker costs the government $18,800 each day it’s under contract, plus $6,370 per hour in the air; a large chopper with a water bucket runs to $11,250 per day, and $1,251 per air hour.

    The Air War on Forest Fires

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