As a teenager pilot, Kevin Hopf spent his summers loading fire retardant onto firefighting planes in Arizona and dreamed of someday flying one of the Lockheed P2 Neptune fire bombers. After a 25-year career as a commercial DC-10 pilot, he now flies a DC-10 that can drop 11,600 gallons of retardant onto a wildfire. "When you're flying commercial, you're just simply a driver and everything is controlled," Hopf said. "With this, it's up to us. It's hands-on flying."
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