At some point it looked like Air Spray was converting to jets to (BAe 146s), but this seems no longer the case.
Glad to see so many propliners here still, Air Spray has a considerable fleet of Lockheed L.188s.
Unfortunately I wasn't allowed to take photos in the hangar, only those parked outside. I did see Tanker 490, the
one that made a
belly landing here at Red Deer on 22Jun19 (YouTube), in the hangar with the tank repaired.
Tanker 489 is C-FVFH.
C/n 1006 is (a.o.) ex/Air California N125AC and ex/ PK-RLF Mandala
Airlines; ferried via Chitose,Japan in 1995
to Canada. C/n 1006 was manufatured in 1958, reg'd as N5501V for General Motors, opb Allison Division, engines
testbed. Then it became N1R, flying the Los Angeles Dodgers! Other operators followed (N1432, N90700, N1006T).
During my visit there was still snow on the aircraft, the area had some very early snow in good quantities two days earlier.
Lockheed L.188A C-GZVM/485 (c/n 1036). Delivered new to Eastern AL in February 1959 as N5524. Converted to
belly tank equipped airtanker by Air Spray by 2008. Air Spray calls their Electra airtanker conversion the 'Long Liner',
as proudly shown on the forward fuselage. Notes from my files: N351Q Renown Aviation, since aug95; operating flights
W/o Zaire 08Feb99. Photo in Propliner magazine 82/00 on 30nov99 in excellent state (@Roswell Industrial Air Center,NM). Renown ceased operations Oct.2000. Rr C-GZVM Aug02. R26Mar03 Air Spray (1967) Ltd.
My notes say the tank was already installed by/in 2003.
Ln 13May05 Red Deer T85, being worked on.
In 2007 I was allowed to take photos in the hangar: there was C-GZVM still in the hangar!
Tankers 481 and 484 were ready to be deployed to the blazing fires in Brazil, the deal had been made but Air Spray
wanted to see some money first: never happened. That's when politics come in the way of good work and business.
Air Spray is proud to have been protecting our forests and communities from wildfires for over 60 years.
Air Spray contracts with government fire protection agencies to provide critical air tanker and air attack aircraft to aid in the control of wildfires affecting communities and surrounding forests.
Their aircraft fleet ranges from either wheel based or amphibious Air Tractor AT802 single engine Airtankers (SEATs) to heavy Airtankers such as the Lockheed L188 Electra and the BAE 146 jet aircraft. Yes, the 146 is included in their fleet if you read their website: www.airspray.com
is C-GHZI, L.188 c/n 2007.
From my files: ex/ N1968R of Reeve Aleutian Airways. Reeve ceased ops 06dec2000. Bt Air Spray Dec.2000
and was converted to water bomber. Rr C-GHZI 12Jun01.
By 22Jun03 still stored at Red Deer in Reeve c/s.
Converted to tanker @Chico,CA, ferried 12May04 to Calgary while still in Reeve Aleutian c/s. Reported
on 06Jun16 @Red Deer, in hangar, full air spray colourscheme and coded 484.
Tanker 489 and 485 once more
Online (Facebook) I read recently that both of the A-26 Invaders used in the movie 'Always' were owned by
Denny Lynch of Lynch Air Tankers Billings, Montana. I think Tanker 1 (C-FPGF) is up for restoration, Air Spray
intends to use it as a company show piece.
I was shown the simulator, for procedural training and it looked quite impressive.
Much used when preparations start for a new fire fighting season!
I was also shown a large briefing room and shown on the 'board schematics' what caused the belly landing of T490,
a freak technical malfunction is all I that became clear to me because I have no technical background!
Thanks to Andrew Robertson for his time and hospitality!