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509 viewsAirline: Erikson Aero TankersType: DC-7BRegistration: N838DAirport: RDMCity: RedmondState: OregonCountry: USADate Taken: July 31, 2013Relocating from Medford due to the airport poor visibility as smoke chokes the city with visibility less than a mile.
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777 viewsAirline: Neptune AviationType: BAE-146Registration: N471NAAirport: RDMCity: RedmondState: OregonCountry: USADate Taken: August 1, 2013Back from a drop about 20 miles Northwest of the airport. The BAE-146 is now considered the next generation airtanker. Soon the MD-87 of Erickson Aero tanker will also join the jet fleets.
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924 viewsAirline: BUTLER AVIATIONType: DC-7BRegistration: N401USAirport: MFRCity: MEDFORDState: OREGONCountry: USADate Taken: AUGUST 9, 2012Wasting little time she scoops up the junk and heads out to the Barry fire 90 miles away.
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437 viewsAirline: Butler AviationType: DC-7BRegistration: N838D, N401USAirport: MFRCity: MedfordState: OregonCountry: USADate Taken: August 9, 2012Rare sight as I snapped the shutter quickly when I seen tanker 60 outbound and 62 inbound as they pass to the North of Roxy Ann Peak at about 2,500 feet just 3 miles NE of the airfield.
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509 viewsAirline: BUTLER AVIATIONType: DC-7BRegistration: N838DAirport: MFRCity: MEDFORDState: OREGONCountry: USADate Taken: AUGUST 9, 2012About 45 minutes after takeoff tanker 60 returns to MFR for another load of retardant. The Barry point fire is located approximately 90 miles East of the tanker base.
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415 viewsAirline: NEPTUNE AVIATIONType: P2V-5FRegistration: N96264Airport: LMTCity: KLAMATH FALLSState: OREGONCountry: USADate Taken: AUGUST 8, 2012Banking around to the East of Klamath Falls heading about 40 miles away. This fire has been hard to tackle as the smoke it creates has been lingering in the valley where it's located. Not until winds can develop and move the smoke can the airtankers begin their assault.
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423 viewsAirline: NEPTUNE AVIATIONType: P2V-5FRegistration: N96264Airport: MFRCity: MEDFORDState: OREGONCountry: USADate Taken: AUGUST 9, 2012Tanker 12 departs in the evening and swings the gear up off to the Barry fire about 90 miles to the East. Tankers 12,60,62, and 42 were all used in this effort.
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410 viewsAirline: NEPTUNE AVIATIONType: P2V-5FRegistration: N96264Airport: MFRCity: MEDFORDState: OREGONCountry: USADate Taken: AUGUST 9, 2012Second out of the loading pit tanker 12 taxis out at the Medford tanker base for the 90 mile trip to the Barry fire east of Klamath Falls, OR. The Klamath tanker base was closed approx. 4:30pm for runway improvements which added another 50 miles to the one way trips.
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431 viewsAirline: NEPTUNE AVIATIONType: P2V-5F Registration: N96264Airport: LMTCity: KLAMATH FALLSState: OREGONCountry: USADate Taken: AUGUST 9, 2012Finally after sitting all day, around 3:45pm the smoke at the fire has lifted enough to make some drops. Unfortunately after the Convair and Neptune departed the airport closed for runway repairs... Great timing!
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394 viewsAirline: NEPTUNE AVIATIONType: P2V-5FRegistration: N96264Airport: LMTCity: KLAMATH FALLSState: OREGONCountry: USADate Taken: AUGUST 9, 2012Nothing like a clean starting R-3350 to give you an idea how inefficient the engine oil usage is on these large radial engines. The jet engine on each wing has a hydraulic driven inlet door that closes when not in use so the turbines do not windmill inflight causing bearing failure.
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383 viewsAirline: Tanker 61 Memorial AssociationType: DC-7BAirport: LMTCity: KLAMATH FALLSState: OREGONCountry: USADate Taken: AUGUST 8, 2012Honoring the memory of airtanker pilots Chuck Sheridan and Leonard Martin the Tanker 61 Memorial / Museum is dedicated to increasing knowledge of aerial firefighting techniques and history. The platform offers an unabstructed view of the ramp and daily ANG F-15 operations.
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491 viewsAirline: CONAIR AVIATIONType: CONVAIR 580Registration: C-GYXCAirport: MFRCity: MEDFORDState: OREGONCountry: USADate Taken: AUGUST 9, 2012Tanker 42 from Canada makes her way to a fire just South of Medford about 12 miles and is soon back for another load follwing a couple DC-7's and a Neptune to the Barry fire farther East.
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415 viewsAirline: CONAIR AVIATIONType: CONVAIR 580Registration: C-GYXCAirport: MFRCity: MEDFORDState: OREGONCountry: USADate Taken: AUGUST 9, 2012Returning a second time from a fire 12 miles South of Medford near the California border. Unlike the DC-7 restrictions only allowing them to fly over non-federal lands the Canadian Convair has free reign and is used more frequently.
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381 viewsAirline: CONAIR AVIATIONType: CONVAIR 580Registration: C-GYXCAirport: MFRCity: MEDFORDState: OREGONCountry: USADate Taken: AUGUST 9, 2012This year the Canadian airtankers are flying South in support of a dwindling US airtanker fleet. Some types already in action are several Sakatchewan and Conair Convair 580's, the Martin Mars, and a few CL-215's. There soon may even be an L-188 in the upper Washington state region.
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421 viewsAirline: BUTLER AVIATIONType: DC-7BRegistration: N401USAirport: MFRCity: MEDFORDState: OREGONCountry: USADate Taken: AUGUST 9, 2012Approaching 7:17pm as the last of the tanker flights tanker 62 will sleep well in Meford tonight.
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401 viewsAirline: Butler AviationType: DC-7BRegistration: N401USAirport: MFRCity: MEDFORDState: OREGONCountry: USADate Taken: AUGUST 9, 2012Settling in for the night I take a last shot with my camera sitting under the chain link fence.
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410 viewsAirline: Butler AviationType: DC-7BRegistration: N401USAirport: MFRCity: MedfordState: OregonCountry: USADate Taken: August 9, 2012It never gets old witnessing one of the last version of the Douglas props still earning a living. Hats off to Butler for their persistence in maintaining a fully active fleet of three DC-7's. Tanker 60,62, and 66.
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410 viewsAirline: Butler AviationType: DC-7BRegistration: N401USAirport: MFRCity: MedfordState: OregonCountry: USADate Taken: August 9, 2012It's great to see an old airliner in use still with plexiglass windows not blocked out like most ageing cargo planes were. Below you can see the retardant hose that is fed up to the aircraft with the help of small wheeled dollies.
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409 viewsAirline: Butler AviationType: DC-7BRegistration: N838DAirport: MFRCity: MedfordState: OregonCountry: USADate Taken: August 9, 2012Taxiing out to depart about 7:15pm as the sun begins to set behind the mountain range to the West this DC-7 will drop one last time before routing back to the base at Medford. Thanks for stopping by!
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391 viewsAirline: Neptune Aviation Inc.Type: Lockheed P2V-7 NeptuneRegistration: N14447Airport: JEFFCO tanker baseCity: Broomsfield State: ColoradoCountry: USADate Taken: 2002-2003 seasonThis aircraft crashed yesterday while working the "Whitrock Fire" in Western Utah claiming the lives of both crew members. May they rest in peace and our hearts go out the the families of these proud men. This is a scan taken from a Kodak negative.
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415 viewsAirline: Hawkins and Powers AviationType: Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer Registration: N2871GAirport: JEFFCOCity: BroomsfieldState: ColoradoCountry: USADate Taken: 2002-2003 seasonOne of the rare airframes that flew fire missions was this four engined heavy tanker 121 in its own unique paint scheme.
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409 viewsAirline: Aero UnionType: Douglas DC-4Registration: N62297Airport: ALMCity: AlamagordoState: New MexicoCountry: USADate Taken: 2002-2003 seasonThe only Aero Union DC-4 every to carry the same livery as the P-2 Orions. This aircraft was later sold to Buffalo Air cargo in Canada. Station at ALM was a turbo DC-3, DC-6, DC-4, P-2, P-3, and a Sikorsy Skycrane.
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402 viewsAirline: Neptune Aviation Inc.Type: Lockheed SP-2H NeptuneRegistration: N4235NAirport: JEFFCOCity: BroomfieldState: ColoradoCountry: USADate Taken: 2002-2003 seasonOne of my last airtanker excursions not long before the wings of the C-130A and a Privateer failed which grounded a majority of the heavy airtankers.
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413 viewsAirline: International Air ResponseType: Douglas DC-7BRegistration: N4887CAirport: 34AZCity: Gila RiverState: ArizonaCountry: USADate Taken: April 2002One of the last flights as an airtanker, this DC-7 was beginning the day with some pilot training out of a now extinct gravel strip in Chandler. I got a chance to video the takeoff and shot kodachrome slides of the landing. This kodachrome slide is scanned here with all four engines warming up. Special thanks to Woody allowing me free reign to the taxi and runway.
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382 viewsAirline: Conair Type: General Dynamics Convair 580Registration: C-FKFAAirport: PAQCity: PalmerState: AlaskaCountry: USADate Taken: May 9, 2010Conair sold several DC-6's to Everts in Alaska and still has a few active alongside a fleet of Convair 580 turboprops. Conair is a Canadian based company and has a contract to base an aircraft at Palmer and Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
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