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Illustrated by: Eric Lian
Global SuperTanker 944 Boeing 747 N744ST is a signed, limited edition art print from an original illustration. (This is not a photograph or a screen shot from a flight simulator.) Meticulously detailed, the aircraft is set against a full color background, and the CAL FIRE OV-10 that led the tanker to its first drop in the United States is included for scale. The description text is bordered by the Global SuperTanker Global Response patch, American flag, Boeing, North America Rockwell, and CAL FIRE logos.
Perfect for award presentations, the office or home, or as a gift for that aviation fan.
Printed on high quality, heavy weight Luster paper using a 12-color pigmented, archival ink system.
- Edition Size: 150
- Paper Type: Heavy Weight Luster
- Ink Type: Lucia EX Archival Pigment
- Illustrated by: Eric Lian
- Published and printed by: Lian Media
The print description states:
Global SuperTanker 944 is a 747-446 operated by Global SuperTanker Services, LLC and based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Although primarily known for its role in wildfire suppression, its stated missions include response to marine fires and oil spills, remote rail or highway fires and chemical spills, and large scale area reseeding of forested areas devastated by wildfires. Tanker 944 contains 14 first class seats and two bunks for support personnel and flight crew.
The drop system is configured with two separate but identical constant flow pressure systems with a total capacity of 19,600 lbs of suppression agents including water, retardant, gel, foam, or combinations of two agents. The patented system allows for continuous discharge or up to eight segmented drops.
With a top speed of 521 kts (600 mph) and loaded to capacity, the crew can reach any point in the continental United States in 2.5 hours, North American destinations outside the United States in 4.5 hours, and global destinations in 20 hours including fuel stops if required. Even loaded to capacity, Tanker 944 operates 200,000 lbs below maximum gross weight and can immediately land without dumping fuel or suppression agents if a mission is cancelled.
With successful missions in Israel and Chile in 2017, Tanker 944’s first deployment in the United States was initiated by CAL FIRE to fight the 4,000 acre Ponderosa Fire in Butte County, Northern California. In that fire, a CAL FIRE OV-10 Bronco served as Lead Plane to guide the 747 to its first U.S. target. This art print depicts the 232 foot tanker in the drop configuration with the 42 foot OV-10 providing relative scale. (Illustration by Eric Lian)