Global SuperTanker Services, LLC has launched its firefighting 747, the Spirit of John Muir.
This converted B747-400, a Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT), is the largest, fastest way to fight fires from the air.
The Spirit of John Muir is the world´s youngest VLAT, and has almost twice the capacity of the next biggest aerial tanker. The John Muir is capable of delivering single or multiple drops of nearly 20,000 gallons of water or fire retardant, either of which can be released at variable rates, producing a tailored response to the firefighting need.
The Spirit of John Muir´s firefighting scope isn´t limited to the US: from Colorado Springs, the plane can fly anywhere in the world in under 20 hours.
Global SuperTanker is owned by Cyterna Air, LLC, a portfolio company within a private equity fund managed by Alterna Capital Partners LLC. Alterna manages over USD1.2 billion in capital for institutional investors. Their partners and team have extensive experience in building, operating, and managing large capital assets such as power plants, ships, industrial facilities, and commercial aircraft around the world.