For decades, the job of aerial spraying dispersant onto oil spills at sea has been assigned to slow piston-engine or turboprop cargo aircraft. Dispersant spraying is seen by the oil industry as one of the most effective ways of stopping oil slicks from washing up on beaches, harming wildlife and otherwise having a negative impact on the environment. But now a U.K.-based team is introducing jet-powered freighters converted to spray aircraft to reduce response times, increase range and reach ...

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