air tanker


Definition of air tanker 

: an airplane equipped with tanks for carrying and dumping water during aerial firefighting operations Much of that money went to the fire aviation budget for aerial firefighting with the use of air tankers and helicopters. —Gerald W. Williams, The Forest Service, 2007

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First Known Use of air tanker

1956, in the meaning defined above

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