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Canadair CL-215 / CL-415




Designed principally for firefighting duties, the CL-215 twin-engined general-purpose amphibian also has military applications, including search and rescue and coastal patrol, Spain and Thailand use their CL-215s in both of these roles.The first prototype flew on October 23, 1967.
The CL-215’s two fuselage tanks hold 1412 USG / 5345 lt of water which can be scooped up in 10 seconds from a lake or sea surface, and can be dumped in one second.

Canadair offers a number of special military configurations, including flight inspection, maritime surveillance using an ALL AN/APS-128 search radar, electronic warfare support and training, cargo transport, and airborne early warning (AEW).

Production of the basic CL-215 was completed with delivery in 1990 of the 126th airframe, having been exported to France, Greece, Spain, Italy, Yugoslavia, Thailand and Venezuela.




In September 1986 Canadair announced the CL-215T turboprop development. Designed as a retrofit package for existing operators of the piston-engined aircraft and - if sufficient new orders were received - for full production, the CL-215T has two 2,380 shp (1 175 kW) PW123AF engines driving four-bladed propellers. As a water-bomber (its primary mission) the CL-215T will carry 6,132 litres (1,620 US gal).
The first CL-215T flew in 1989 powered by two 2380 shp / 1775 kW Pratt & Whitney Canada PW123AF turboprops, and could carry 1620 USG / 6132 lt of water.










Engines: 2 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CA3, 1566kW, 2100hp
Wingspan: 28.6 m / 93 ft 10 in
Wing area: 100.33 sq.m / 1079.94 sq ft
Length: 19.82 m / 65 ft 0 in
Height: 8.92 m / 29 ft 3 in
Max Take-off weight: 17100-19731 kg / 37699 - 43500 lb
Empty weight: 12161 kg / 26811 lb
Max level speed: 172 mph (293 kph) at 10,000ft/3050m
Cruise speed: 291 km/h / 181 mph
Initial ROC: 1000 fpm / 305 mpm
Range: 2095 km / 1302 miles
Payload: 5453kg 12,000 lb of water, 3864 kg / 8518 lb freight, or 26 passengers




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