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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 5:23 pm 
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Sis-Q Flying Service, F7F-3 Tanker E43, Date & location unknown.

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California Department of Forestry, S-2A, Tanker 75, Somewhere over the hills near Paso Robles Ca. Date unknown.

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Aero Union, Tanker 16, Summer morning at Chico, Ca., Date unknown.

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US Forest Service, P2V-5, Tanker H1, First P2V converted for aerial firefighting. Chico, Ca., Date unknown.

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TBM Inc., Tanker 65, in company with a CDF S-2A and a pair of HVFS C-119's, on the ramp at Ryan Air Attack Base, Hemet Ca., Date unknown.

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Hawkins & Powers, C-97, Tanker 97 (former HVFS tanker 84), Greybull, WY., Date unknown.

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TBM Inc., C-123, Tanker 63, *** I can't make out the writing, but I believe this is in Redding, Ca., Date unknown.

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Aero Enterprises, Inc., F-15, Tanker E35, Date & Location unknown.

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Sonora Flying Service, Tanker E49, Columbia Ca., Date unknown.

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Former tanker E49 (see previous photo) in it's afterlife as the Cousteau Society's "Cousteau". The aircraft was destroyed in a crash in 1979, taking the life of Philippe Cousteau. Date & location unknown.

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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 7:24 pm 
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Excellent!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 3:09 pm 
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Hey, jut joined this today after finding a link that brought me here and saw a few of my photos posted. Who ever posted all the TBM,PBY, F7F tanker photos, contact me, maybe we can do some exchanging, I have a ton of this stuff, and I'm VERY good at scanning and repairing old negatives, prints and slides.

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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 3:43 pm 
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The nacelles look different on the PBY. The first one looks like it had been fitted with B-25 R-2600's, the second looks different from that....? What could they be?


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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 4:13 pm 
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They are the stock R-1830 P&W engines and cowls on the Costeau pig boat. I have some ride around time in that bird as it used to come to PAN-AIR @ Lake Front in New Orleans for work and it was an 'all hands' when it came time to leak check the bottom post check by landing in Lake Borgne, everyone armed with a red china marker and a flashlight. That was before Phillipe` stuck it nose first into a big wave off of Spain and killed everyone onboard. No one @ PAN-AIR liked to go if he was flying as he wasn't exactly the worlds best PBY driver.

The WRIGHT R-2600's were part of the 'firecat' mod.

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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 5:22 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
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hahnej wrote:
The nacelles look different on the PBY. The first one looks like it had been fitted with B-25 R-2600's, the second looks different from that....? What could they be?

I think the 2nd PBY pic shows a radar pod installed on the leading edge of the wing outboard of the nacelles.
The bump you see that disrupts the nacell outline. I think is what you are seeing.

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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 9:08 pm 
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PV-2 Tanker 112 soaking up the sun in Chandler Arizona. 1989.

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Aero Union Tanker 76, Chico Ca, Mid 70's.

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Hawkins & Powers Tanker 140, Greybull WY, date unknown. Now a resident of Hagerstown Aviation Museum.

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Former: T & G Aviation Services Tanker 36, Greybull WY, Date unknown. Eventually purchased by Hawkins & Powers.

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Fox Tanker Base, Lancaster Ca. Mid 80's.

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T & G Aviation Services Tanker 36, Chandler AZ, Date unknown - but prior to the sale to H&P.

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Hemet Valley Flying Service, Tanker 84, Taking care of business in the Cleveland National Forest, 1973

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B-23 Dragon, not a tanker, but I had the honor of parking next to this beautiful bird for an hour! Somewhere in Washington, Moses Lake if I remember right, 1994

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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
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B-23 Dragon, not a tanker, but I had the honor of parking next to this beautiful bird for an hour! Somewhere in Washington, Moses Lake if I remember right, 1994
Yup, MWH it is. Hint: JAL 747 in the background - they used to do pilot training there.


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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 11:50 am 
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Thanks Wally. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 4:31 pm 
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I have 10 or 15 slides that I took of the tankers of Globe Air at Falcon Field in Mesa, and at Memorial Field on the Gila reservation, both in AZ, back in the late '70's. If anyone in the Phoenix area, preferably the East Valley, would like to post them, I'll make them available. PM's welcome!


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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
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Fantastic, they would make a great addition to this thread! The system I use to store my scans burned out this morning, so I won't be posting for quite awhile. Thanks for jumping in here, it's very much appreciated :D

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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
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I love this thread! It took awhile, but I saved every picture to the WRG Archive and will add them to the appropriate registry entries. I'm also going to see about putting together a dedicated gallery for these images. Thanks Tom.

BTW, Tom, PM me with how the credit should read. Thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:15 pm 
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Any more images to add to this awesome thread?

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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
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I've posted some of these photos in the past but seeing that this thread was started I'll throw my 2 cents in. My father flew B-25 water bombers from 1974 to 1991 in Fort Smith, N.W.T. Canada.

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