Tanker 140 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
On Friday, June 15, British Aerospace BAE-146-200A N146FF Tanker 40 arrived at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport from Albequerque. It dropped a load of fire retardant on the Poco Fire near Payson on its way. It joined Lockheed P2V-5F Neptune N69278 Tanker 05 and 10 Tanker Air Carrier McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-30 N17085 Tanker 911.
BAE-146-200A N146FF Tanker 40 on approach to land on Runway 30 Left at 4:45 PM.
This is Tanker 40's first visit to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
British Aerospace BAE-146-200A N146FF Tanker 40 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Arizona on June 15, 2012: You can buy this photo as prints as large as 16" x 24".
Lockheed P2V-5E Neptune N96278 Tanker 05 has been parked for several days with engine problems.
Lockheed P2V-5E Neptune N96278 Tanker 05 has nose art depicting the god Neptune. Its propeller spinner has an unusual blue and black treatment.
The former Williams Air Force Base is now known as Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. In addition to serving as a civil airport, it is frequently visited by military aircraft taking advantage of its limited traffic. Several pilot training schools operate at the airport. Allegiant Air provides passenger service to airports around the country on a fleet of McDonnell Douglas MD-83s. An air tanker base occasionally hosts fire fighting tankers. Boeing has a test facility for hot weather tests and Advanced Training Systems Incorporated refurbushes Douglas A-4 Skyhawks.
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