DC-10 firefighting equipment to ABIADC-10 firefighting equipment to ABIAhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=158102017-02-17T06:00:00Z2017-02-17T22:00:00Z

​​​AUSTIN – A new portable air tanker base, which has the capacity to supply fire retardant to DC-10 firefighting aircraft, is now operational at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA).

The base is a portable refueling station for fire retardant. 

The only other base in Texas that could refuel very large DC-10 air tankers is in Abilene. 

The equipment can be mobilized to other airports to allow for easier and quicker access to resources during a wildfire.

ABIA has tarmac space available for staging, operations and onsite quarters for flight crews.

The base and equipment will be officially unveiled at a media event Feb. 16.
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