Please disregard the Fox News anchors' babbling, and focus on the amazing video of the 747 firefighting supertanker in real action over California. Excuse my French, but those pilots are fucking crazy, flying such beast so close to the fires.
Needless to say, the Boeing 747 was not made to be loaded with tons of fire retardant liquid, let alone fly over fires and smoke while madly maneuvering at low altitude. One thing is to see the demonstration videos, the other is to see these pilots doing their jobs over real fires. [Flight Global]