Photo (c) Roy Blewett

Air Tanker Identification & Photos

U.S. airtankers

NO. OWNER/OPERATOR AC TYPE Registration C/n Remarks PHOTO
00 Aero Union Corp P-3A N900AU 5104   PHOTO
01 Aero Union Corp SP-2H N701AU 726-7190   PHOTO
02 Aero Union Corp C-54A N11712 3088; became C-FBAJ   PHOTO
03 Aero Union Corp - - not assigned   NO PHOTO
04 Neptune, Inc - - not assigned   NO PHOTO
05 Neptune, Inc P-2E N96278 426-5340   PHOTO , 2, 3
06 Neptune, Inc P-2E N9855F 426-5326   PHOTO
07 Neptune, Inc P-2E N807NA 426-5305 Ex/N1386K PHOTO
09 Neptune, Inc P-2H N4235T 726-7285 Crashed 01Sep08 PHOTO
10 Neptune, Inc P-2H N4235N 726-7158   PHOTO
11 Neptune, Inc P-2H N14447 826-8010 Crashed 03Jun12 PHOTO
12 Neptune, Inc P-2H N96264 426-5192   PHOTO
13 Aero Union Corp C-54D N62342 10613; became C-FBAK   PHOTO
14 Aero Union Corp C-54E N62297 27328   PHOTO
15 Aero Union Corp C-54G N2742G 36089   PHOTO
16 Aero Union Corp SP-2H N716AU 726-7065   PHOTO #2
17 Aero Union Corp P-3A N917AU 5036   PHOTO
18 Aero Union Corp SP-2H N718AU 726-7214   PHOTO
20 Aero Union Corp P-3A N920AU 5039   PHOTO
21 Aero Union Corp P-3A N921AU 5098   PHOTO
22 Aero Union Corp P-3A N922AU 5100   PHOTO
23 Aero Union Corp P-3A N923AU 5085   PHOTO
25 Aero Union Corp P-3A N925AU 5074   PHOTO
26 Aero Union Corp P-3B N926AU 5171; cr. 20Apr05   PHOTO
27 Aero Union Corp P-3A N927AU 5082   PHOTO
30 International Air Response, Inc. C-130A N116TG 3086; cr. 06Sep00 Crash report on ASN PHOTO
31 International Air Response, Inc. C-130A N117TG 3018   PHOTO
32 International Air Response, Inc. C-130 N118TG 3219   PHOTO
33 International Air Response, Inc. DC-7B N4887C 45351   PHOTO
37 Hirth Air Tankers PV-2 N7458C 15-1200; stored   PHOTO
38 Hirth Air Tankers PV-2 N6856C 15-1156; cr. 20Apr97   PHOTO
39 Hirth Air Tankers PV-2 N7080C 15-1465; for sale   PHOTO
42 Neptune Inc P-2H N442NA 7286 Ex Bu 150283, N712AU
crashed 25Apr09
PHOTO
43 Neptune Inc P-2H N443NA 7168 Ex H&P, T139 PHOTO
44 Neptune, Inc P-2E N1386C 426-5268   PHOTO
45 Neptune Inc P-2H N445NA 7102 Ex H&P, T140.
In 2006 it was allocated T45.
PHOTO
48 Minden Air SP-2H N4692A 726-7247   PHOTO
49 SLAFCO Inc PBY-6A N2886D 2104   PHOTO
53 SLAFCO Inc PBY-5A N9505C 34027   PHOTO
55 Minden Air Inc P-2V N355MA 726-7229   PHOTO
60 Erickson Aero Air DC-7B N838D 45347 see note below PHOTO
62 Erickson Aero Air DC-7 N401US 45145 see note below PHOTO
63 TBM, Inc C-130A N473TM 3081   PHOTO
64 TBM, Inc C-130A N466TM 3173   PHOTO
65 TBM, Inc C-54E N8502R 27367 Ferried 02Aug08 to Fairbanks for Brooks PHOTO
66 Erickson Aero Air DC-7 N6353C 45486 see note below PHOTO
67 TBM, Inc C-130A N531BA 3139   PHOTO
68 TBM, Inc DC-6 N90739 43044 Up for scrapping, 2007 PHOTO
70 Cal Fire S-2T N427DF 326C   PHOTO
71 CDF S-2A N443DF 195 replaced PHOTO
71 Cal Fire S-2T N432DF 112C   PHOTO
72 Cal Fire S-2T N435DF 329C   PHOTO
73 Cal Fire S-2T N437DF 123C   PHOTO
74 CDF S-2A N411DF 476 Wheels up landing 20Jul01,
preserved Paso Robles museum
PHOTO
74 Cal Fire S-2T N439DF 129C   PHOTO
75 CDF S-2 N420DF 388 replaced;fate? PHOTO 1
PHOTO 2
75 Cal Fire S-2T N444DF 187C   PHOTO
76 CDF S-2 N417DF 061   PHOTO
77 CDF S-2 N423DF 246   PHOTO
78 CDF S-2 N412DF 222   PHOTO
79 CDF S-2   c/n??? Identity? PHOTO?
80 CDF S-2A N404DF 455   PHOTO
81 CDF S-2A N447DF 417   PHOTO
82 Cal Fire S-2T N422DF 286C   PHOTO
83 Cal Fire S-2T N424DF 289C   PHOTO
84 CDF S-2A N443DF 195   PHOTO
85 Flying Firemen PBY-5A N85U 64041   PHOTO
86 Cal Fire S-2T N433DF 0865-011/?   PHOTO
88 Cal Fire S-2T N426DF 293C   PHOTO
89 Cal Fire S-2T N425DF 294C   PHOTO
90 CDF S-2A N450DF 421; cr 27Aug01   PHOTO
90 Cal Fire S-2T N434DF 0382-034/?   PHOTO
91 Cal Fire S-2T N428DF 137C   PHOTO
92 CDF S-2A N428DF 255 crashed 27Aug01 PHOTO
93 Cal Fire S-2T N450DF (2) 228C   PHOTO
94 CDF S-2A N404DF 175 preserved @Weed Apr,CA since Aug05 PHOTO
94 Cal Fire S-2T N442DF 259C   PHOTO
95 CDF S-2A N448DF 684   PHOTO
96 CDF S-2A N443DF 195   PHOTO
97 Hawkins & Powers KC-97 N1365N 16729   PHOTO
98 SLAFCO PBY-5A N31235 1788   PHOTO
99 Minden Air Inc P-2H N299MA 726-7211; cr. 03Oct03   PHOTO
100 CDF S-2A N436DF 445   PHOTO
100 Cal Fire S-2T N441DF 277c ex/ S-2G 152808 PHOTO
102 Central Air Service C-54E N816D 27376   PHOTO
105 Central Air Service C-54D N96454 10864   PHOTO
109 Central Air Service C-54D N6816D 27368   PHOTO
111 Central Air Service C-54E N96541 10592   PHOTO
115 Airborne Fire Attack PBY-6A N324FA 2162   PHOTO
117 Central Air Service DC-4 N31356 42914; sold   PHOTO
119 ARDCO C-54G N406WA 35944; for sale   PHOTO
121 Hawkins & Powers PB4Y-2 N2871G 66302; for sale   PHOTO
123 Hawkins & Powers PB4Y-2 N7620C 66260; cr. 18Jul02   PHOTO
124 Hawkins & Powers PB4Y-2 N2872G 66300; for sale   PHOTO
126 Hawkins & Powers PB4Y-2 N7962C 59882; for sale   PHOTO
127 Hawkins & Powers PB4Y-2 N6884C 59701; for sale   PHOTO
131 Hawkins & Powers C-130A N131HP 3142   PHOTO
133 Hawkins & Powers C-130A N133HP 3189   PHOTO
134 Hawkins & Powers C-130A - -   NO PHOTO
138 Hawkins & Powers P-2T N138HP 7223; turbo conversion not completed   PHOTO
139 Hawkins & Powers P-2H N139HP 7168 To Neptune Inc, 2006,
became T43
PHOTO
140 Hawkins & Powers P-2H N140HP 7102 To Neptune Inc, 2006,
became T45
PHOTO
141 Evergreen Helicopters P2V-5 N202EV 526-5383   PHOTO
142 Evergreen Helicopters P2V-5 N203EV 5228 To Neptune Inc,
2011
PHOTO
143 Evergreen Helicopters P2V-5 N204EV 10665; not tanked? ex BuN.: 128378
preserved at Travis
PHOTO
144 Evergreen Helicopters P2V-5 N205EV 5212; not tanked?   PHOTO?
145 Neptune Inc P2V-5 N410NA 5367 ex N206EV T145 Evergreen PHOTO
146 Central Air Service C-54E N67061 10560   PHOTO
147 Central Air Service C-54D N67040 27232   PHOTO
148 Central Air Service C-54E N67062 10741   PHOTO
149 Central Air Service C-54D N67041 10665; not tanked   PHOTO?
150 Central Air Service C-54D N67034 22202   PHOTO
151 ARDCO C-54E N460WA 27359   PHOTO
152 ARDCO C-54D N9015Q 22178   PHOTO
154 Marsh Aviation S-2.. N736MA 645   PHOTO
155 Marsh Aviation S-2T N746MA 655   PHOTO
158 SLAFCO PBY-6A N9825Z 2177; for sale   PHOTO
160 Aero Flite C-54E N96358 27284   PHOTO
161 Aero Flite C-54G N82FA 35960   PHOTO
166 Hemet Valley Flying Srvc C-54G N90203 35934   PHOTO
215 North Carolina CL-215 N215NC ????   PHOTO
262 Aero Flite CL-215 N262NR 1081 Opb Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources PHOTO
263 Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources CL-215 N263NR 1082   PHOTO
266 Minnesota Dept of
Natural Resources
CL-215 N266NR 1102   PHOTO

Federal Air Tanker List - 2007

MY 2008 VISIT TO HEMET-RYAN TANKER BASE

To illustrate the tie and identification of airtanker numbers and tailnumber are not always straightforward, see this email on airtanker numbers used by H&P by a former crewmember:

"I have some insight on some of these aircraft, as I flew for H & P for some time. To solve the mystery of the various numbers, you will need to get with the USFS and/or USDA. For a few years, they had the practice of assigning tanker numbers.
There wasn't much logic involved in these numbers. As the various operators around the country would send in the paper work to register their aircraft for the up-coming fire season it would be given a number. If it already had a number, it stayed. But if you swapped an aircraft one year that didn't have a number, they would give it a number that was not used on the list.
As a result an operator might operate 6 aircraft and have tanker numbers 06, 123, 86, 29, 101, 137. If one became un-flyable before the next year, it did not pick up the number of the one it replaced. It might be 22, or any other of number you can think of.
In the case of N-numbers, they have nothing to do with serial number of the aircraft and can at best possible aid you in tracking the aircraft from year to year-sadly, however, may not have anything to do with a particular aircraft. I have seen some aircraft with a different tanker number every other year. Even some had a different N number every few years...
As you may have noticed, many of Gene's aircraft had N-numbers which ended in HP. At one time, he got a block of these numbers from the FAA. Those numbers were swapped around on various aircraft almost yearly!
It was simply a matter a writing the FAA a letter and officially moving the 'registration number' to a different aircraft.
I flew the C97 (B377), C-119 and PB4Y as well as other 'stuff' he might have around."

 

Hawkins & Powers, PB4Y - Tanker 125

Ed Brewer sent me, alongside some photos, a request for information on Campbell Airstrip, in Anchorage, Alaska:
"We are greatly interested in any information on Campbell Airstrip, in Anchorage, Alaska, that your readers may have.
The strip was built as a supplemental airstrip during WW2 and had a fairly large tent city during those years. We don't know what if any aircraft were actual on site (rather than at Elmendorf AFB).
The tract now has a recreational trail, named P38, on the old east side taxiway, as a memorial to the war years. It is used exclusively by dog mushers during the winter.
The tract was transferred to BLM who had support aircraft and water bombers on site during the 1960's - 1980's, until these functions were moved to Fairbanks.
Smoke jumpers were based here for a while and the Campbell Creek Science Center is built in one of their Drop Zones.
The airstrip proper is still active."
More photos on Photos by Friends & Guests, Page 12.

EMAIL

 

John Vogel noticed my interest in vintage aircraft and airtankers, so he sent some images along.
N446DF Tanker 94 CDF
N446DF was taken at Mather Field,CA in May 1996.
From my files I have that this is Grumman S-2A Tracket, c/n 175 ex/ BuNo 133204.

N447DF Tanker 95 - twice! John wrote about this image: "There should be some S-2 aircraft preserved at Weed Airport, California since August 2005, but I am not really sure which aircraft might be there.
There might be a Tanker 94, but this is possibly not N446DF, but a different S-2 painted as tanker such...
I have noticed that the CDF has, from time to time, changed some of the tanker numbers on the S-2's: e.g. this photo shows 2 aircraft with tanker number 95!!
One of the aircraft is N447DF, the other is N406DF.
And I have pictures of N406DF as tanker 73, tanker 74, and tanker 95. And N447DF as tanker 93.
These are all the older S-2's, not the S-2T's (which is the only model the CDF now uses)."

Photo taken at McClellan Park in August 2007.
[N446DF c/n 175 was preserved at Weeds Airport, CDF had it replaced by BuNo 152826 - Webmaster]

Here are some more air tanker pictures, this time of N443DF (c/n 195).
Picture N443DF-1 is a scan from a slide, taken at Mather Field in February 1996. The tanker number is 71.
Picture N443DF-2 is a digital picture taken at McClellan Park - the former McClellan AFB, and now the home of the CDF air tanker fleet (during the winter months) - taken August 2006. The tanker number is now 84.
Pictures N443DF-3 and -4 are digital pictures taken in May 2007, and show the tanker at the Pacific Coast Air Museum, Santa Rosa, California. It was flown to the Museum in November 2006.

1.
N443DF T71
2.
N443DF T84
3.
N443DF T84 CDF
4.
N443DF Tanker 84
N436DF S-2 airtanker 100
Top picture of Grumman S-2A N436DF (c/n 445) was taken at Rancho Murietta, California in July 91. Note that the tanker is in the old CDF yellow/green color.
Below pictures of N436DF was taken at Mather in August 2007. It appears the doors in the bottom of the aircraft have been removed. The registration had been painted over.

Tanker 100 CDF

See also my photos of a 2008 visit to CDF airtanker base at Hemet-Ryan,CA

 

www.s2ftracker.com/calfirephotos.htm

Jim Long sent this photo of a Grumman F7F Tigercat, reconfigured as an airtanker...
F7F Tigercat


Jim wrote": I have been going through some of my aircraft slides from the late 1970's.  I was looking for one particular slide, but came across some air tankers slides I took from at our airport here in Santa Rosa (Charles M. Schulz). Here is one of the F7F's that operated out of here."
I don't know what tailnumber belongs to Airtanker E43; anyone?

The Grumman F7F Tigercat was the first twin-engined fighter aircraft to enter service with the United States Navy. Designed for the new Midway-class aircraft carriers, the aircraft were too large to operate from earlier decks. Although delivered to United States Marine Corps (USMC) combat units before the end of World War II, the Tigercat did not see combat service in that war. Most F7Fs ended up in land-based service, as attack aircraft or night fighters; only the later F7F-4N was certified for carrier service. They saw service in the Korean War and were withdrawn from service in 1954.
[Wikipedia]

Jim continued with more photos...
Tanker 34 on a mission
Tanker 34 on a mission...
Tanker 9s laning at Santa Rosa
Tanker 92 over the threshold at Santa Rosa.
Tanker 65 at Sta Rosa on standby

b-17 tanker

Information from the Goleta Air & Space Museum ('virtual'), which offers a generous selection of photos and individual B-17 tanker histories:
B-17G-95-DL, N5237V tanker 65. It was delivered to the U. S. Army Air Corps as 44-83868 and was transferred to the U. S. Navy as PB-1W, BuNo 77233.
American Compressed Steel Corporation of Dallas, Texas acquired it in December 1957 and gave it its current registration. It sat unconverted at the Dallas-Love Airport for two years.
Carstedt Air of Long Beach,CA made an unsuccessful bid to purchase it, reserving the registration N6466D for it, but never taking it up.
Aero Union Corporation of Chico,CA bought it in 1960. Butler Farm Air (later Butler Aircraft Company) of Redmond, Oregon acquired it in 1963 and flew it as tanker E15, F15, and #65.
TBM Incorporated of Sequoia,CA bought it in 1979.
It was restored to stock configuration at Sequoia and flown to RAF Brize Norton, UK in 1983. It arrived at the Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon,England on 09Dec83.
While now named Mary Alice, wearing serial 44-83868, it is on static display at the American Air Museum in England at Duxford.

Tanker 90 over the threshold

 

Canadian airtankers

No. Operator Aircraft Type Registration C/n Remarks Photo
1 Prov of Saskatchewan CS2F-2 C-GEHP DH-97   PHOTO
2 Prov of Saskatchewan Conair Firecat C-GWHK 16 (DH-37)   PHOTO
3 Prov of Saskatchewan CS2F-2 C-GEHR DH-51   PHOTO REQ'D
4 Prov. of Saskatchewan CS2F-2 C-GEQC DH-53   PHOTO
5 Prov. of Saskatchewan CS2F-2 C-GEQD DH-98   PHOTO
6 Prov. of Saskatchewan CS2F-3 C-GEQE DH-92   PHOTO
43 Conair DC-6B C-GHCB 44893/647   PHOTO
44 Conair Convair 580 C-FFKF 179   PHOTO
45 Conair Convair 580 C-FEKF 80   PHOTO
46 Conair DC-6B C-GHLY 45501/953   PHOTO
47 Conair Convair 580 C-FKFB 57   PHOTO
48 Conair Convair 580 C-FKFY 129   PHOTO
49 Conair Convair 580 F/SCD C-FKFL 465   PHOTO
50 Conair DC-6A C-GKUG 45177/859 N501XY PHOTO
51 Conair DC-6A/C C-GIBS 45531/1015 N501YP PHOTO
52 Conair Convair 580 C-FKFA 100   PHOTO
53 Conair Convair 580 C-GKFO 78   PHOTO
54 Conair Convair 580 C-FKFM 70   PHOTO
55 Conair Convair 580 C-FHKF 374   PHOTO
60 Conair L.188A C-FYYJ 60   PHOTO
63 Conair Conair Firecat C-GWUO 63   PHOTO
64 Conair Conair Firecat C-FOPU 64   PHOTO
66 Conair Conair Firecat C-FOPV 66   PHOTO
67 Conair Conair Firecat C-GABC 011   PHOTO
68 Conair Conair Firecat C-GWUP 012   PHOTO
69 Conair Conair Firecat C-FOPY 019   PHOTO
70 Conair Conair Firecat C-GYQI 030   PHOTO
71 Conair Conair Firecat C-GHPJ 022   PHOTO
73 Conair Conair Firecat C-GHDY 029   PHOTO
74 Conair Conair Firecat C-FEFK 014   PHOTO
75 Conair Conair Firecat C-FEFX 031   PHOTO
76 Conair Conair Firecat C-FJOH 034   PHOTO
201 Conair CL-215-1A10 C-GFSK 1085   PHOTO
202 Conair CL-215-1A10 C-GFSL 1086   PHOTO ?
203 Conair CL-215-1A10 C-GFSM 1098   PHOTO ?-
204 Conair CL-215-1A10 C-GFSN 1099   PHOTO ?
214 (35) Prov. of Saskatchewan CL-215-1A10 C-FYWO 1003   PHOTO REQ'D
215 Prov. of Saskatchewan CL-215-1A10 C-FYXG 1009   PHOTO
216 Prov. of Saskatchewan CL-215-1A10 C-FAFN 1093   PHOTO REQ'D
217 Prov.of Saskatchewan CL-215-1A10 C-FAFO 1094   PHOTO REQ'D
218 Prov. of Saskatchewan CL-215-1A10 C-FAFP 1100   PHOTO
219 Prov.of Saskatchewan CL-215-1A10 C-FAFQ 1101   PHOTO REQ'D
290 Buffalo Aws CL-215-1A10 C-GBYU 1083   PHOTO
291 Buffalo Aws CL-215-1A10 C-GBPD 1084   PHOTO
295 Buffalo Aws CL-215-1A10 C-GCSX 1088   PHOTO
296 Buffalo Aws CL-215-1A10 C-GDHN 1089   PHOTO
298 Buffalo Aws CL-215-1A10 C-FTXB 1007   PHOTO
299 Buffalo Aws CL-215-1A10 C-GFNF 1027   PHOTO ?
703 Buffalo Aws PBY-5A Canso C-FOFI CV-343   PHOTO
708 Buffalo Aws PBY-5A Canso C-FUAW CV-201   PHOTO
714 Buffalo Aws PBY-5A Canso C-FPQM CV-425   PHOTO
776 Buffalo Aws PBY-5A Canso C-GFFC CV-483   PHOTO

Kit Robinson ('Kitzky992002') wrote a nice explanation on the 'Airtanker Yahoo forum (June 2013):
"The Canadian numbering system is as follows:
Canadair CL-215, 215T, 415 are all in the 200 series.; e.g. ex/ Alberta #201, Ontario #277, Quebec #238.
300-series numbers were assigned to the A-26's of Air Spray and Conair, e.g. ex/Airspray #314, Conair #321. Both Airspray and Conair only displayed two numbers on the aircraft during there firefighting careers.

Heavy Tankers Convair 580's, DC-4's, DC-6's, Lockheed L-188's are numbered in the 400's; e.g. ex/ Convair 580 #445, #471, L-188's #460, #482, DC-6 #452, DC-4 #457.
S-2 Trackers and Firecats were numbered in the 500's, e.g. ex/ Conair #562, Saskatchewan #505, Ontario #559. Conair and Ontario only displayed two numbers on there aircraft.

AT-802's and Fireboss aircraft are numbered in the 600's (ex #699) again Conair and FPL only carried two numbers on the aircraft.

The 700 series of numbers is no longer used I believe as those numbers were assigned to PBY's or Cansos (ex- Buffalo #714). Conair or Skyway TBM's as well as FPL TBM's were also numbered in the 600's (ex-#612). Conair displayed just two numbers on the engine cowling but had the entire number on the top of the tail.

The Hawaiian Mars warrants an extra word: the number #223 on Hawaii was first used on the aircraft in 2009, while operating in Southern California; the number was mainly used while operating in the USA.
She has kept this number while operating in Canada as well, as it does fit with the Canadairs which also operate in the 200 series.
2013 will be the last year for the Mars in operations with the B.C. Forest Service. She is operating as Tanker #823 this year but I don't know if the number was painted on the aircraft or not.
I photographed her in 2008 at Shasta Lake and she was looking sharp with the big USFS logo on the nose of the aircraft but still no Tanker number! It wasn't until the following year that she started wearing Tanker #223 on the rear fuselage."
Thanks to Kit for this explanation!
(See my report on a 2010 visit to Sproat Lake and the Martin Mars).

 

Ken Kula wrote me: "I just passed through your airborne tanker web pages and I saw you needed some Conair Firecat photos. I saw 4 in action during the Abbotsford BC Canada air show in August 2009."
Firecats by Ken 'K-air' Kula
Conair (Firecat) Tanker 69 is C-FOPY (c/n 019), Tanker 74 is C-FEFK (c/n 014),
Tanker 75 is C-FEFX (c/n 031) and Tanker 76 is C-FJOH (c/n 34)

 

North American Survivors, by Roy Blewett "North American Survivors" by Roy Blewett (Gatwick Aviation Society, 2005) is an excellent handbook to take out on the road or use at home as a reference guide.
It offers status and information on vintage transports (both propellor and jets) and are listed by Canadian and US States; there are three appendixes covering aircraft in Mexico, a listing of extant Beech 18s and “US Army Air Force Skytrains and Skytroopers; where are they now?”.
The book is in easy to use A5 format and fits easy in any size of bag. The 358 pages offer a huge amount of information and is of great use in planning a trip to N.America.
I hope others will follow in the example set by this book.


Helpful links:
www.s2ftracker.com/calfirephotos.htm
Iwan Bogel's comprehensive list on www.dappa.nl
Airtanker Photo Pages
P-3 Referential

Photothread on WIX by mr Stein, a treasure trove of historic images:
Click on photo for link to WIX forum


Until I have a list of the French airtankers, maybe this external link is of help:
http://delta.reflex.free.fr/articleair/foxzoulou.html

South America


Daniel Arispe sent me these photos of Chilean P-2 CH-CHU, Tanker 03
Click to enlarge
"Tanker 03 was bought to AUC in 1999 and is currently (2005) in Chile. Is registration is CC-CHU and belongs to Heliworks Ltda., a Chilean company. The photos are from Feb.2000."
A photo was sent to me, showingTanker 03pre-2000, which I added on Photos by Friends & Guests (14)


New kids on the block..

Matt James wrote me in Feb.2012:
"I just wanted to let you know that there is now a Tanker 40, it is a BAE 146-200A and it is being operated by Neptune Aviation. The N Number is N146FF. The construction number E2049.
There is a second BAE 146 being transformed into an airtanker, but there is no information on it as of yet."

 

On 12Dec12 this website http://fireaviation.com/tag/erickson-aero-tanker/ published the takeover of Butler by Erickson Aero Air:
--Aero Air buys Butler, intends to convert 7 MD-87s into air tankers--
Aero Air of Hillsboro, Oregon, has purchased the air tanker operations of Butler Aircraft from Travis Garnick.
Aero Air acquired Butler’s three DC-7 air tankers ( (N401US, N838D, N6353C; reg'd to 'Corsair Two LLC' -Webmaster) , support equipment, and spare parts in Madras, Oregon.
They will take over the lease of Butler’s new city-owned hangar at the Madras Municipal Airport (map) as well as the contracts with the state of Oregon for the three air tankers. The company did not have a contract with the US Forest Service for the DC-7s.
Kevin McCullough, now the President of Aero Air, and Jack Erickson, founder and former owner of Erickson Air-Crane, became co-owners of Aero Air in 1998 and since then have been growing the company.
After Mr. Erickson sold Erickson Air-Crane to ZM Private Equity Fund in 2007, they began talking about getting into the air tanker business. A couple of years ago they decided to go with MD-87s and pulled together teams to develop a tank design and to handle obtaining the supplemental type certificate (STC) from the FAA.
(N756Z was registered that same date (27Dec12) to another part of the group, Aero Air LLC; photo on my USA 2012 Report. -Webmaster)

Added some photos taken at Madras by Larry Kraus on my page Photos by Friends & Guests (36)

 


This website is an excellent source of keeping abreast of air tanker news and opinions: www.airtanker.com
The basis of this page has been largely based on one of their pages.

Other helpful external links:
http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/aviation/fixed_wing/airtankers/iab_list.pdf


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