One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An aircraft equipped to drop water or other substances onto a fire as a firefighting measure. Also occasionally: a member of the crew of such an aircraft.
2A person who throws a fire bomb; one who attacks or destroys with fire bombs.
1930s; earliest use found in Rapid City (Manitoba) Reporter. From fire + bomber.
fire bomber/ˈfʌɪə ˌbɒmə/
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