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A DC-10 converted to an air tanker to battle wildfires across the USA is being honored this week as it ends its decade of service.
Its final flight is set for Saturday when the plane is to fly from Castle, Calif. near Merced to Oscota Mich. for dismantling, its operator, 10 Tanker Air Carrier, announced Friday.
Tanker 910, converted to an air tanker in 2004, began battling fires California under a contract with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) in 2006, the company also said in its news release.
By the company's tally, Tanker 910 was used in more than 500 firefighting missions in California and over 750 in the U.S.