One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An aircraft used for extinguishing forest fires by dropping water.
- ‘Hot north-east winds gusting up to 75 kph resulted in erratic fire behaviour and two water bombers were bought in to reinforce suppression resources.’
- ‘In fact, at one point, everyone, including me, was gathered in the firm's common area just watching the water bombers with our jaws dropped.’
- ‘We've also requested three CL - 415's from Ontario - those are the big yellow water bombers - and those should be arriving as well.’
- ‘About 3,000 firefighters backed by water bombers were battling flames across New South Wales, the country's most populous state, while an estimated 45 wildfires burned out of control.’
- ‘Forest services were attacking the blaze with helicopters and water bombers.’
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