10 Tanker Air Carrier DC-10 Tankers


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10 Tanker Air Carrier operates a pair of DC-10 firefighting tankers. Each can carry up to 12,000 gallons of water.

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Tanker 911 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, June 11, 2011

Tanker 911 did not fly on Friday. It resumed flying missions against the Wallow Fire on Saturday Morning.

Tanker 911 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, June 11, 2011 It returned from its first mission on Saturday at 12:21 PM.

Tanker 911 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, June 11, 2011

Tanker 911 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, June 11, 2011

Tanker 911 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, June 11, 2011 It took off on its second mission of the day at 2:01 PM.

Tanker 911 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, June 11, 2011

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Tanker 911 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, June 11, 2011

Tanker 911 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, June 11, 2011

Tanker 911 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, June 11, 2011 It returned from the second mission at 2:58 PM.

Tanker 911 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, June 11, 2011

Tanker 911 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, June 11, 2011

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Tanker 911 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, June 11, 2011

Tanker 911 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, June 9, 2011

DC-10-30 N17085 Tanker 911 arrived at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport at 8:28 AM on June 9, 2011. It made one flight at 11:30 to drop retardant on the Wallow Fire, almost 150 miles to the east. It returned at 12:40.

Tanker 911 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, June 9, 2011 DC-10-30 N17085 Tanker 911 on approach to land on Runway 30 Left after dropping a load of retardant on the Wallow Fire.

Tanker 911 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, June 9, 2011 This DC-10-30 carries construction number 47957. It was completed on April 18, 1975. IIt was delivered to Finnair as OH-LHB on May 6, 1975. It was leased to Nigeria Airways in September and October 1981. It was leased to VASP on March 31, 1993 and then to Birgenair on June 23, 1994. Finnair retired it on September 13, 1994. It was leased to Air Liberté as F-GPVB on June 27, 1995. Continental Airlines registered it as N17085 on May 30, 1997. Omni Air International bought it on November 10, 2002. It was placed into storage at the Southern California Air Logistics Center at Victorville in 2007.

Tanker 911 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, June 9, 2011

Tanker 910 Over Santa Barbara, Friday, November 14, 2008

The Tea Fire started burning in the vicinity of the Tea Garden near Westmont College on the afternoon of Thursday, November 13, 2008. High winds drove the fire through the hills of Montecito and burned several dozen homes.

I was down at Cabrillo Beach Friday morning. There were a couple of Neptunes and an Orion orbiting overhead. There are a couple of Skycranes working the fire. The DC-10 showed up and made a few circuits over the city before dropping a long line of retardant. It was obscured by smoke from my position. The fixed wing tankers seem to have gone, leaving the Skycranes.

There wasn't much fire left in the populated areas. It was mostly up in hills above the city.

Tea Fire, Santa Barbara, November 14, 2008 McSonnell-Douglas DC-10 N450AX Tanker 910 over Santa Barbara.

Tea Fire, Santa Barbara, November 14, 2008 McSonnell-Douglas DC-10 N450AX Tanker 910 over Santa Barbara.

Tea Fire, Santa Barbara, November 14, 2008 McSonnell-Douglas DC-10 N450AX Tanker 910 over Santa Barbara.

Tea Fire, Santa Barbara, November 14, 2008 McSonnell-Douglas DC-10 N450AX Tanker 910 over Santa Barbara.

Tea Fire, Santa Barbara, November 14, 2008 McSonnell-Douglas DC-10 N450AX Tanker 910 over Santa Barbara.

Tea Fire, Santa Barbara, November 14, 2008 DC-10 Tanker 910

Tea Fire, Santa Barbara, November 14, 2008 DC-10 Tanker 910

Tanker 910 Over Goleta, July 30, 2007

10 Tanker Air Carrier The DC-10 tanker, 10 Tanker Air Carrier was sighted heading westbound over Goleta a few minutes after noon on Monday, July 30, 2007 on its second flight after striking trees on a fire fighting mission near Tehachapi on June 26. It flew from the Southern California Air Logistics Center at Victorville to the DINTY intersection, off the coast of southern California, and back. It suffered damage to the leading and traailing edge flaps on the left wing when it hit the trees. It made its first flight after the incident on Sunday, July 29.

10 Tanker Air Carrier About 50 minutes later it was sighted heading back to Victorville.

Tanker 910 over Goleta, March 30, 2006

10 Tanker Air Carrier McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-10, N450AX 10 Tanker Air Carrier was sighted flying westbound over Goleta at an altitude of 12,000 feet at 7:56 A.M. on Thursday, March 30.

Tanker 910 Over Goleta, December 8, 2005

10 Tanker Air Carrier McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-10, N450AX 10 Tanker Air Carrier was sighted flying westbound over Goleta at an altitude of 27,000 feet at 8:48 A.M. on Thursday, December 8.

Tanker 910 Over Goleta, December 8, 2005

10 Tanker Air Carrier McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-10, N450AX 10 Tanker Air Carrier was sighted flying westbound over Goleta at an altitude of 27,000 feet at 8:48 A.M. on Thursday, December 8.

Tanker 910 Over Goleta, November 4, 2005

10 Tanker Air Carrier McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-10, N450AX 10 Tanker Air Carrier was sighted flying westbound over Goleta at an altitude of 12,000 feet at 7:32 A.M. on Friday, November 4.

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Tanker 910 Over Goleta, August 11, 2005

10 Tanker Air Carrier 10 Tanker Air Carrier was sighted flying eastbound over Goleta at 10:36 A.M. on Thursday, August 11, 2005. Its test flights take it over Palmdale and Goleta to a test area off the California coast.

Tanker 910 at Southern California Logisitics Airport at Victorville, July 9, 2005

10 Tanker Air Carrier DC-10-10, N450AX 10 Tanker Air Carrier at the Southern California Logisitics Airport at Victorville on July 9, 2005.

Tanker 910 at Southern California Logisitics Airport at Victorville, June 17, 2005

DC-10 Tanker Air Carrier, N450AX at Victorville 10 Tanker Air Carrier returned to the Southern California Logisitics Airport at Victorville from its performance at the Paris Air Show on June 17.

DC-10 Tanker Air Carrier, N450AX at Victorville N450AX was the first DC-10 modified to fight wildfires. This DC-10-10 carries McDonnell-Douglas construction number 46942. It was originally delivered to National Airlines as N69NA Betty on June 25, 1975. When National airlines merged with Pan Am on January 7, 1980, it was renamed Clipper Starlight. American Airlines bought it on November 5, 1983 and re-registered it as N161AA in April 1984. First Security Bank of Utah bought it in September 1984 and leased it back to American airlines. It was withdrawn from use and stored at Marana Airpark on April 11, 1994. Hawaiian airlines leased it on January 9, 1996. Omni Air International bought it on November 8, 1997. It was retired at Tulsa, Oklahoma on November 9, 1997. It arrived at Mojave on October 1, 2002. BC Aircraft Leasing of Las Vegas, Nevada acquired it on March 17, 2004. It demonstrated its water drop capabilities at the Paris Airshow in June.

DC-10 Tanker Air Carrier, N450AX at Victorville Air tests of the water drop system were performed on May 6, 2004, September 24, 2004, April 18, 2005 and May 20, 2005.

DC-10 Tanker Air Carrier, N450AX at Victorville


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Aerial Tankers

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A dozen photos of aerial tankers:

Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress N17W Tanker 04, Santa Barbara, September 12, 1979
Douglas DC-7C N5903 Tanker 35, Santa Barbara, November 28, 1980
Douglas C-54E Cargomaster N460WA Tanker 151, Santa Ynez Valley, July 30, 1990
California Air National Guard C-130E Tanker 6, NAWS Pt. Mugu, April 25, 1998
Douglas C-54E Cargomaster N8502G Tanker 65, Santa Barbara Airport, May 5, 2004
Evergreen S-64E Skycrane N6979R Tanker 707, Santa Ynez Valley, May 7, 2004
Evergreen International Boeing 747 Supertanker, San Bernardino, May 31, 2006
Grumman S-2T Tracker N439DF Tanker 74, Santa Barbara Airport, June 19, 2006
Lockheed P2V-5 N1386C Tanker 44, Santa Barbara, June 19, 2006
Coulson Flying Tankers Martin JRM Hawaii Mars, Lake Elsinore, October 27, 2007
McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-30 10 Tanker Air Carrier Tanker 911, Mesa, Arizona 2011
BAE-146-200A N146FF Tanker 40, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, June 15, 2012

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Firefighting Aircraft of CAL FIRE

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This calendar is dedicated to the men and women of CAL FIRE and honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of California.

A dozen photos of California Department of Forestry fire fighting aircraft:

Grumman US-2A Tracker N416DF Tanker 96, Santa Barbara, September 13, 1979
Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat NX7195C Tanker E40, Beale Air Force Base, May 31, 1980
Grumman TS-2A Tracker N405DF Tanker 72, Santa Barbara, October 16, 1985
Grumman TS-2A Tracker N406DF Tanker 73, Santa Barbara, July 19, 1990
Grumman TS-2A Tracker N420DF Tanker 75, Santa Ynez Mountains. August 15, 2002
Bell UH-1H Huey N805EH, Santa Ynez Mountains. August 15, 2002
McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-10 Tanker 910, Victorville, June 17, 2005
Grumman S-2T Tracker N439DF Tanker 74, Santa Barbara, June 19, 2006
Grumman S-2T Tracker N436DF Tanker 76, Santa Barbara, June 19, 2006
North American OV-10A Bronco N403DF, Santa Barbara, June 19, 2006
Grumman S-2T Tracker N439DF Tanker 74, Santa Barbara, June 25, 2006
McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-10 Tanker 911, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway, June 11, 2011

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Day Fire Tankers at Santa Barbara

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Aerial tankers fought the Day Fire from the Santa Barbara Air Attack Station for ten days, from Monday, September 18 to Wednesday September 27. Three Lockheed P-2 Neptunes and four Lockheed P-3 Orions visited the Air Attack Station during the fire. This calendar includes a dozen photos of those tankers:

Neptune Aviation Lockheed SP-2H Neptune, N4235T Tanker 09
Neptune Aviation Lockheed P2V-5F Neptune, N96264 Tanker 12
Neptune Aviation Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune, N1386C Tanker 44
Aero Union Lockheed P-3A-25 Orion, N920AU Tanker 20
Aero Union Lockheed P-3A-45 Orion, N921AU Tanker 21
Aero Union Lockheed P-3A-45 Orion, N922AU Tanker 22
Aero Union Lockheed P-3A-40 Orion, N925AU Tanker 25

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