For thirty years this Canadair was used for fighting forest fires mainly in the Mediterranean area. The airplane was last stationed at the Marignane airfield near Marseille where it was employed by the French “Protection Civile”. The Transport from Marseille to Sinsheim took eight days. There it was mounted on a steel scaffold in a position as if it were diving down to a water surface. Visitors can gain access to the interior of the plane via a spiral staircase.
For fire fighting the CL-215 can carry up to 5,445 liters of water or fire fighting fluid in two tanks. The water can be gathered from a sea or river by two openings located at the bottom of the hull while the airplane is flying at low altitude over the water surface. A second specimen can be visited at the Technik Museum Speyer.