Thursday, 21 Oct, 2010 Environment

Cargo Planes Used to Plant 900,000 Trees a Day


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Lockheed Martin decided to use its fleet of decommissioned C-130 Hercules cargo aircrafts, which were previously used to drop land mines, as foresters.

Thus the military innovation company managed to turn the 25 year old idea, proposed by former UK RAF pilot Jack Walters, into reality.

Each cargo plane will be equipped with the necessary tools to be able to drop up to 900,000 trees in one day.

The aircrafts will fly at an altitude of 1,000 feet at a speed of 130 knots. Using the same technique as before (but with cones instead of land mines), they will be able to plant 3,000 cones each minute.

It is worth mentioning that the cones are created in a way to bury themselves after hitting the soil. The casing of the tree bombs will dissolve and the trees will take root, having all that is needed for a tree to grow, including moisture and a measure of fertilizer, informs TreeHugger.

Today there are about 2,500 unused C-130 planes in 70 countries around the world.

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