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West / Wildfires / Firefighting Planes #756705

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 02, 2004
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The prediction that this year’s wildfire season will be worse than expected noted.

(Arizona desert: Robert Hager) The proposal by Evergreen International Aviation Inc. to use 747s to help battle wildfires featured; details given of complaints about the grounding of 33 aging firefighting planes; scenes shown of a 747 test run. [Senator John McCAIN – criticizes the timing for taking planes out of commission.] [Evergreen’s Director of Flight Operations Penn STOHR††- says we’re hoping to be certified by the middle of the summer.] NOTE - Local weather bulletin on screen.

Brokaw, Tom;
Hager, Robert

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