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Canadair CL-215 water bomber

cl-215 water bomber
A Canadair CL-215T "water bomber".

The Canadair CL-215 "water bomber" or "firefighter" (later a mediatic "super-scooper") is an amphibious airplane (flying boat) designed by Canadair which first flew on 23 October 1967.

Ross Richardson was deeply involved in the development of this aircraft, and is considered as the primary designer.

Originally built with two Pratt & Whitney R-2800 piston engines, these were replaced by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW123AF turbine engines, the aircrcraft's designation becoming CL-215T. In the late 1980s, Canadian government intervention led to ownership by Bombardier, who with (mostly) minor changes renamed the airplane as the CL-415 in 1993. In 2018, Bombardier sold the rights to the 215 and 415 designs to Viking Air Ltd. in British Columbia, Canada.



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