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http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Waterbomber+operator+offers+reward+after+vandalism+puts/7048691/story.html whoever did this is an idiot..
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Idiots that were playing on it, need to be water bombed by it. Had no idea that some the aircraft was fabric.
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Some Martian punks with water balloons and one very wet Curiosity Rover. That's what I was expecting.
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Wow, that sucks. Those planes have saved lives, livelyhoods and personal momentos of perhaps half a million people...by stopping forrest fires before they get to people's homes and workplaces. That's seriously ignorant for someone to tamper with such a plane.
If I had to guess, I'd be suspecting new residents around the lake, who may deeply resent the noise from the plane. This doesn't sound like a drunken yahoo, nor someone who travelled far.
When I was a teenager, our family took our boat out to see these planes on that same lake right up close...in fact we even drove the boat in between the hull/fuselage and the pontoon on the outer end of the wing. Those outrigger pontoons are about the size of a smaller fishing boat! This is a BIG plane...you don't just jump from a boat onto the wing or the tail assembly, it's far too high for that...I suspect this idiot would have had to climb onto the nose or into a door, or throw a rope and secure it to climb up to the tail area. Meaning, this isn't the work of a silly teenager looking to wreck something cool, this was someone who was determined to damage the plane. IMO.
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If I caught those punks, I'd make them pay for the damage and then take them on a water bombing run. They'd learn just how deadly the consequences of their actions could have been, appreciate the men they could've killed, work up a sweat, and, who knows, maybe one of them would get 'the flying bug' and become a water bomber pilot or crew. On the other hand, if they turned out to be real losers, they'd have a pleasant memory to run to when Bubba drops the soap in the prison showers they'll be using for the next 10 years.
(Now, if only someone would do a decent Martin Mars for FSX, I'd round out my stable with one of those babies. )
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