Aerial Tanker displays


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Gap Fire, Goleta, July 2008

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 2008 The Gap Fire started burning on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 1 near West Camino Cielo on the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains above Goleta.

Air Tankers at Fox Field, November 25, 2007

Air Tankers at Fox Field, November 25, 2007 I read a report on Inciweb that 13 tankers, including the DC-10 and two SuperScoopers, fought the Corral Fire near Malibu on Saturday, November 24. I went to Fox Field near Lancaster on Sunday morning to photograph the tanker operations. When I arrived there were two Butler Aircraft Douglas DC-7s and four Neptune Aviation Services Lockheed P-2 Neptunes parked at the tanker station.

Day Fire Tanker Operations
Monday, September 25, 2006

Day Fire Tanker Operations, Monday, September 25 Aerial tankers have been fighting the Day Fire for many days. On Monday, September 25, the tanker action was concentrated over Santa Paula Canyon, just a few miles from Ojai. Lockheed P-3 Orions from the Santa Barbara Air Attack Station shared the sky with Lockheed P-2 Neptunes from the Fox Field Air Attack Station. Bell 205 and 212 Hueys paraded back and forth above the Santa Paula River.

Santa Barbara Air Attack Station Day Fire operations, September 18 - 27, 2006

Santa Barbara Air Attack Station Day Fire operations 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 were photographed during the period.

Santa Barbara Air Attack Station operations, September 9, 2006

Santa Barbara Air Attack Station operations, September 9, 2006 A wildfire broke out northwest of Goleta on Saturday, September 9. A variety of tankers and air attack airplanes arrived at the Santa Barbara Air Attack Station to fight the fire Saturday afternoon.

Santa Barbara Air Attack Station operations, June 19 - 25, 2006

Three aerial tankers and a pair of Air Attack planes came to the Santa Barbara Air Attack Station to fight the Perkins Fire in the Los Padres National Forest on Monday, June 19. The fire was 100% contained by June 26.

September 2005: Tanker 55 visits the Santa Barbara Air Attack Station

Lockheed SP-2H Neptune, N355MA Tanker 55, September 2005 Lockheed SP-2H Neptune, N355MA Tanker 55 made a visit to the Santa Barbara Air Attack Station in September 2005.

May 4 - 7, 2004: Cachuma Fire, Santa Barbara

Air Tankers fight 
the Cachuma Fire, May 4 - 7, 2004 A variety of airplanes and helicopters helped to extinguish the Cachuma Fire in Santa Barbara County from Tuesday May 4 to Friday May 7.

October 26, 2003: Fox Field

Air Tankers at Fox Field, October 26, 2003 Turbulent winds forced tankers to drop their loads of retardent alongside the Fox Field runway on October 26, 2003.

August 15, 2002: Camino Fire, Santa Ynez Mountains

Tankers fight the Camino Fire on the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains, August 15, 2002 The Camino Fire broke out on the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains above Santa Barbara on August 15, 2002. I shot pictures of three helicopters, a Grumman S-2 Tracker, and a Douglas DC-4 fighting the fire.

June 2002: Wolf Fire, Santa Barbara

Tankers fight the Wolf Fire from the Santa Barbara Airport, June 2002 Tankers fought the Wolf Fire from the Santa Barbara Airport during the first half of June 2002.

May 12, 2002: Santa Barbara

Tankers at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 12, 2002 Tankers that were assigned to fight the Bouquet Canyon Fire from the Santa Barbara Airport on Sunday, May 12, 2002.

May 11, 2002: Bouquet Canyon Fire, Santa Barbara

Bouquet Canyon Fire, Santa Barbara Airport, May 11, 2002 Tankers that were assigned to fight the Bouquet Canyon Fire from the Santa Barbara Airport on Saturday, May 11, 2002.

September 27, 1997: Azalea Fire

Tankers fight the Azalea Fire, September 27, 1997 Azalea Fire, Vandenberg AFB, September 27, 1997

July 3-4, 1996: Cuyama Fire, Santa Barbara

Tankers fight the Cuyama Fire, July 3-4, 1996 New Cuyama Fire, July 3 and 4, 1996

July 30, 1990: Air Tankers over Santa Barbara County

Air Tankers over Santa Barbara County, July 30, 1990 Fifteen years ago, a plume of dense smoke erupted over the Santa Ynez Mountains on the afternoon of July 30, 1990. Several large air tankers fought the fire in the Santa Ynez Valley from the Goleta Tanker Station.


Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Tankers

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress tankers Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses were once widely used to fight forest fires. In recent years all the surviving B-17 tankers have been restored to stock military configuration. Many of them remain airworthy. This display features photographs of B-17 tankers taken from 1971 to 1984.

Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer Tankers

Consolidated P4Y-2 Privateer Tankers 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 its crew of two. Hawkins-Powers has four remaining airworthy Privateers.

Douglas DC-6 and DC-7 Aerial Tankers

Douglas DC-6 and DC-7 Tankers Numerous DC-6s and DC-7s have been converted to fight wild fires over the years.

Lockheed C-130 Hercules Firefighters

Lockheed C-130 Hercules Firefighters For over two decades, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Lockheed C-130 Hecules have fought wildfires with the Mobile Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS). In the late 1980s, former Air Force C-130As were transferred to civilian owners and modified with tanks to carry 3,000 gallons of fire retardent slurry. On June 17, 2002, Hawkins Powers C-130A N130HP, Tanker 130 suffered a main wing box failure and crashed as it was fighting a fire near Walker, California. The civilian C-130A tanker fleet was immediately grounded. Only military C-130s continue to be used in the role of firefighting tanker.

Martin JRM Mars

Coulson Flying Tankers Martin JRM C-FLYL Hawaii Mars at Lake Elsinore, October 27, 2007 Coulson Flying Tankers sent Martin JRM C-FLYL Hawaii Mars to California on October 24, 2007 to help fight the numerous wildfires. It was temporarily based at Lake Elsinore.

McDonnell-Douglas DC-10 10 Tanker Air Carrier, N450AX

10 Tanker Air Carrier, N450AX DC-10 Tanker Air Carrier, N450AX is the first DC-10 modified to fight wildfires. It can carry up to 12,000 gallons of water.

Evergreen International Boeing 747 Supertanker

Evergreen International Supertanker at San Bernardino, May 31, 2006 On Wednesday May 31, the Evergreen International 747-273C Supertanker flew from Boise, Idaho to the San Bernardino Airport with a load of 20,000 gallons of water that it dropped in a demonstration of its potential as a firefighter. This was the final demonstration in a tour that took the Supertanker to Sacramento California, the Aberdeen Proving Ground Maryland, Scott Air Force Base Illinois, Tallahassee Florida, and Boise.


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Day Fire Tankers at Santa Barbara

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Lockett Books Calendar Catalog: Day Fire Tankers at Santa Barbara

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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