P4Y-2 Privateer Tankers


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Consolidated developed the PB4Y-2 Privateer anti-submarine patrol bomber from the B-24 Liberator. The fuselage was stretched and a single vertical stabilizer replaced the twin tails of the Liberator. The turbochargers were deleted from the R-1830 radials because the Privateers would operate at relatively low altitude. As originally equipped, Privateers had six twin-gun turrets.

In 1951 the Navy eliminated the Patrol Bomber category and the designation of the Privateers became P4Y-2. A number of Privateers were transferred to the Coast Guard and were redesignated P4Y-2G. These Privateers had their turrets removed. The nose and waist turret openings were glazed over.

Transaire Spraying Company of Canyon, Texas converted several P4Y-2G Privateers into fire-fighting tankers in the 1970s. The R-1830 radial engines were replaced with more powerful R-2800 radials.

Hawkins & Powers of Greybull, Wyoming maintained five Privateer tankers in airworthy condition until recently. Tragically, tanker #123 shed a wing and crashed near Estes Park, Colorado on July 18, 2002, killing pilots Rick L. Schwartz and Milt Stollak. Hawkins-Powers has four remaining airworthy Privateers.

c30, N3739G, BuNo 59819

P4Y-2, N3739G c30 at Santa Barbara in September 1979 P4Y-2 c30, N3739G at the Goleta Tanker Station in September 1979.

P4Y-2, N3739G c30 at Gila Bend Indian Reservation Memorial Airport on December 30, 1981 P4Y-2 c30, N3739G at Gila Bend Indian Reservation Memorial Airport, Arizona on December 30, 1981.

P4Y-2, N3739G c30 at Santa Barbara in July 1985 P4Y-2 c30, N3739G has already shut down its outboard engines as it taxis to the end of runway 07 at Santa Barbara in July 1985.

Tanker c30 has been retired from fire-fighting. It is being restored to military configuration by the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, Texas.

ArmyAirForces.com has a page of pictures of the restoration of N3739G

c50, N7237C, BuNo 59763

P4Y-2, N7237C c50 at Marana Air Park on February 11, 1972 P4Y-2 c50, N7237C at Marana Air Park, Arizona on February 11, 1972. It still bears markings that it acquired while it was in the service of the Fuerza Aérea Hondureña.

P4Y-2, N7237C c50 at Tuscon on November 12, 1973 P4Y-2 c50, N7237C at Tuscon, Arizona on November 12, 1973.

According to the FAA database, N7237C has been owned by Ronald Sathre of Union City, California since 1994. Mr. Sathre organized the International PB4Y Association.

121, N2871G, BuNo 66302

P4Y-2, N2871G 121 at Santa Barbara in October 1981 P4Y-2 121, N2871G at the Goleta Tanker Station in October 1981.

P4Y-2, N2871G 121 at Santa Barbara in October 1981 P4Y-2 121, N2871G at the Goleta Tanker Station in October 1981. Note P4Y-2, N7620C 123 parked in the background.

Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G, Copperstate Fly-in, October 23, 2010 Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G was delivered to the US Navy as PB4Y-2 BuNo 66302 in 1945 and was subsequently transferred to the US Coast Guard and redesignated P4Y-2G. It was put up for dispossal at Naval Air Station at Elizabeth City, North Carolina in August 1958. Ace Smelting Incorporated of Phoenix, Aarizona acquired it in 1959. Avery Aviation of Greybull, Wyoming registered it as N2871G later that year. It flew as tanker #A20, #B21, and #A23. Hawkins and Powers Aviation of Greybull, Wyoming bought it in July 1969 and flew it as tanker 121 until all Privateer tankers were removed from service in 2003. It has been registered to 4Y-2 LLC of Phoenix, Arizona since January 10, 2008. It is powered by four Wright R-2600-35 Twin Cyclone radial engines.

Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G, Copperstate Fly-in, October 23, 2010 Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G at Casa Grande, Arizona on October 23, 2010.

Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G, Copperstate Fly-in, October 23, 2010 Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G was originally equipped with four Pratt and Whitney R1830-94 radial engines. Hawkins Powers replaced those engines with Wright Cyclone R2600 radial engines.

Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G, Copperstate Fly-in, October 23, 2010 The waist blisters of Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G were replaced with smaller windows.

Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G, Copperstate Fly-in, October 23, 2010 Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G

Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G, Copperstate Fly-in, October 23, 2010 Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G

Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G, Cactus Fly-in, March 5, 2011 Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G at Casa Grande, Arizona on March 5, 2011.

Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G, Copperstate Fly-in, October 22, 2011 Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G at Casa Grande, Arizona on October 22, 2011.

Consolidated P4Y-2 N2871G Tanker 121, Cactus Fly-in, March 2, 2012 Consolidated P4Y-2 N2871G Tanker 121 at Casa Grande, Arizona on March 2, 2012.

Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G Tanker 121, Mesa Gateway Airport, March 9, 2012 Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G Tanker 121 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport no March 9, 2012.

Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G Tanker 121, Mesa Gateway Airport, March 9, 2012 Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G Tanker 121

Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G Tanker 121, Mesa Gateway Airport, March 9, 2012 Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G Tanker 121

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Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G Tanker 121, Mesa Gateway Airport, March 9, 2012 Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G Tanker 121

Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G Tanker 121, Mesa Gateway Airport, March 9, 2012 Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G Tanker 121

Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G Tanker 121, Mesa Gateway Airport, March 9, 2012 Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G Tanker 121

Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G, Copperstate Fly-in, October 26, 2013 Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G at Casa Grande, Arizona on October 26, 2013.

Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G, Copperstate Fly-in, October 26, 2013 Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G

Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G, Copperstate Fly-in, October 26, 2013 Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G

123, N7620C, BuNo 66260

P4Y-2, N7620C 123 at Santa Barbara in October 1981 P4Y-2 123, N7620C at the Goleta Tanker Station in October 1981.

P4Y-2, N7620C 123 takes off from Santa Barbara on July 10, 1983 P4Y-2 123, N7620C takes off from Santa Barbara on July 10, 1983.

P4Y-2, N7620C 123 on approach to Santa Barbara on July 13, 1999 P4Y-2 123, N7620C on approach to Santa Barbara on July 13, 1999.

P4Y-2, N7620C 123 on approach to Santa Barbara on July 13, 1999 P4Y-2 123, N7620C on approach to Santa Barbara on July 13, 1999.

Tanker 123 shed a wing and crashed near Estes Park, Colorado on July 18, 2002, killing its crew of two.

124, N2872G, BuNo 66300

P4Y-2, N2872G 124 at Santa Barbara on July 30, 1980 P4Y-2 124, N2872G at Santa Barbara on July 30, 1980.

P4Y-2, N2872G 124 at Fox Field on November 26, 1980 P4Y-2 124, N2872G at Fox Field Tanker Station on November 26, 1980.

P4Y-2, N2872G 124 at Fox Field on November 26, 1980 P4Y-2 124, N2872G taking off from Fox Field on November 26, 1980.

P4Y-2, N2872G 124 at Santa Barbara on October 4, 1987 P4Y-2 124, N2872G at Santa Barbara on October 4, 1987.

Video of P4Y-2 Privateer N2872G Tanker 124 operating from the tanker station at the Santa Barbara Airport in October 1987.

127, N6884C, BuNo 59701

P4Y-2, N6884C 127 at Santa Barbara on November 28, 1980 P4Y-2 127, N6884C at the Goleta Tanker Station on November 28, 1980.

P4Y-2, N6884C 127 at Santa Barbara on November 28, 1980 P4Y-2 127, N6884C at the Goleta Tanker Station on November 28, 1980.

PB4Y-2 Privateer Tankers
Tanker # Registration Navy BuNo  
c30 N3739G 59819 undergoing restoration at Lone Star Flight Museum
c50 N7237C 59763 Not airworthy. Wreck owned by Ronald Sathre, California
121 N2871G 66302 Hawkins & Powers tanker
123 N7620C 66260 Crashed near Estes Park, Colorado on July 18, 2002
124 N2872G 66300 Hawkins & Powers tanker
126 N7962C 59882 Hawkins & Powers tanker
127 N6884C 59701 Hawkins & Powers tanker

Links:

Hawkins & Powers web site

Hawkins & Powers airplane photo gallery

There are PB4Y-2 Privateers on display at:

National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola NAS, Florida

Yankee Air Museum, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Lone Star Flight Museum, Galveston, Texas

Joe Baugher's history of the Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer

The PB4Y Flightline


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