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Bombardier 415

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Canadair CL-415
A Canadair CL-415 firefighting airplane right before refilling its water tank in Blato, Croatia
Type Amphibious water bomber
Manufacturer Canadair
Developed from Canadair CL-215

The Bombardier (formerly Canadair) CL-415 is a Canadian amphibious aircraft purpose-built as a water bomber. It is the only aircraft designed and built specifically for fire fighting and is based on the company's CL-215.

The 415 can scoop up to 6 140 litres (1350 Can gal or 1620 US gal) of water from a nearby water source, mix it with foam suppressant if desired and drop it on a fire without having to return to base to refill its tanks. The 415 was specifically developed to provide the capability to deliver massive quantities of suppressant to a fire in its initial stages, preventing it from getting out of control.

The 415 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW123AF turboprops replacing the 215's piston engines. The 415 has an updated cockpit, as well.

It first flew in December of 1993 and the first deliveries were in November of 1994.

The CL-415 design originates in a requirement for a firefighting amphibious flying boat to detect and suppress forest fires. The aircraft is built for reliability and longevity, with use of corrosion-resistant materials. Water loads are drawn in and can be mixed internally with fire reardants; speed is essential and missions can take as little as 10 minutes. The CL-415 has also been used in a paramilitary SAR role.

Operators & Accidents


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of the 60 built 5 have been written-off because of accidents:

Specifications ()

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 pilots
  • Payload: 1,350 imp gal (6,140 L)
  • Length: 65 ft 1 in (19.82 m)
  • Wingspan: 93 ft 10 in (28.6 m)
  • Height: 29 ft 6 in (8.98 m)
  • Empty weight: 28,294 lb (12,834 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 43,758 lb (19,848 kg)


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Canadair CL-215 - Canadair CL-217

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