In 2016, Viking Air purchased the type certificates to the Canadair/Bombardier CL-215, CL-215T and CL-415. They hope to put the CL-415 back into production once there is enough demand. Pictured doing a multiple air drop demonstration using near by Lake Winnebago as a water source.
It was getting really late at 22:41, a bit too late for good photography even in Alaska, but there was still just enough light to capture Tanker 264 as it overflew Nenana Airport on its way south to deliver another load of water on the flames of the Parks Highway Fire. This fire eventually became a major wildfire, raging intensely for more than four weeks, during which it consumed 467 km² (115,500 acres) of forest south and east of Nenana. It wasn't until 1 Nov 2006 before it was officially declared "out". It was by far the largest wildfire in Alaska in 2006.
Thanks to the long Alaskan days, we were able to continue our photography until the very last moment. Tanker 267 gave us a wonderful opportunity at 22:07, with the setting sun reflecting in its prop blades. It had just made a drop on the raging Parks Highway Fire and is passing low overhead, on its way to Minto Lake, to scoop up another load of water to drop on the rapidly-growing wildfire.