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The Remote-Controlled Airplane Grows Up

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Real-time aerial images help firefighters battle the West’s biggest blazes.

Ashley L. Brenon

The latest wildfire-fighting aircraft is not designed to carry water. Instead, it is loaded with a thermal-infrared detection system. Because wildfires generate a lot of smoke and often burn in remote locations, firefighters can see little from the ground. Until recently, limitations in aircraft...Read full article

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