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World’s Largest Aerial Firefighting Tanker Plans New Home in Colorado Springs


August 12, 2015- Colorado Springs Airport (COS) has been chosen by Global SuperTanker Services, LLC as the new operating base for the world’s largest firefighting tanker. Today, the company announced the completion of a definitive agreement to convert and operate Boeing 747-400 aircraft to be the fastest, longest-range, and most effective aerial firefighting platform in the world. President, Jim Wheeler stated, “The Colorado Springs airport is centrally located and has the ideal support infrastructure to allow immediate response to virtually any national or global emergency.”

“The Global SuperTanker is a firefighting resource that can be called upon to help communities across our country and around the world.  Having a critical resource like this in Colorado Springs will spotlight our beautiful City and enable us to position ourselves on the leading edge of aerial firefighting,” said Colorado Springs Fire Chief, Christopher P. Riley.

Bret Waters, Director of the Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management, stated “Strong partnership is a key component to community emergency preparedness. We welcome the employees of Global SuperTanker and the tremendous capability they bring to our region.”