May 19, 2010 10:39 AM by Sharlee Jacobs
WACO, Texas (AP) - A 20,000 gallon supertanker plane that could
be used to drop dispersant on the Gulf of Mexico to break up oil
from a blown well has been doing test runs in Waco.
The Evergreen Supertanker 747 spent time at Texas State
Technical College, the same airport where then-President George W.
Bush would arrive on Air Force One to visit his nearby ranch.
The Waco Tribune-Herald reported Wednesday that the jet, which
arrived last week, in at least one practice flight was just 100
feet above the runway and dropped water on a target.
Flight engineer Don Paulsen says the jet, owned by Oregon-based
Evergreen International Aviation Inc., has been flown to Gulfport,
Miss., for possible use by BP PLC.
BP leased the well that blew April 20, killing 11 workers, and
sending millions of gallons of oil into the water.