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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:29 pm 
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Here's some more :)

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TBM Inc., Tanker 78, In-flight....somewhere - I can't remember.

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Another Hemet line-up, Hemet, Ca., Jul 1967

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Cal-Nat Tanker E35, Date and location unknown.

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Aero Union, AF2, Tanker E30, Date and location unknown.

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Bell 47G, Date and location unknown. Before SkyCranes, Firehawks and Hueys, equipped with "state-of-the-art" tanks and computer controlled drop systems....there was this....A simple helo with a bladder bag with an on/off switch. USFS archives I believe.

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Whoooosch #1

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Whoooosch #2

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Full ramp, Chico, Ca., Dec 1968.

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USMC, CH-37, Santiago Hills, Ca., Summer 1969. Very rare image of a Mojave dropping water from an on-board bladder tank.

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Sis-Q Tanker E31, Reloading at Ukiah, Ca., Date unknown.

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Cal-Nat Tanker E35. Date and location unknown.

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Globe Air, Sikorsky S-55 (actually a flock of them), Heaps Peak Helibase, Ca., Summer 1978.

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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
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Freakin spectacular...Grunt Mojave tanker, dollar 19 diving and dumping into a valley, more P-61 shots..B-18 tanker..still my beating heart... :D

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Lt51506 wrote:
Here's some more :)

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Bell 47G, Date and location unknown. Before SkyCranes, Firehawks and Hueys, equipped with "state-of-the-art" tanks and computer controlled drop systems....there was this....A simple helo with a bladder bag with an on/off switch. USFS archives I believe.
Both the Bell and the Otter behind are Canadian-registered so I'd guess this was the Ontario Provincial Air Services late '50s-early 60s experiment. I have no record of them actually owning any Bell 47s.


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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
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You are correct Wally. I included this achival pic just to give a reference to the way it all started. If I remember right, this one is on file with the USFS in their historical library. Not 100% certain, but this may be some of Bob Cameron's work.

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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
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Do you have anymore photos from Expo 86'? I was fortunate to ride along in the Salair (N3FY) bird. What an awesome sight! DC-3's off both wings, in front and behind!
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US Forest Service DC-3, Abbotsford BC Canada, July 5 1986. Part of the Expo 86 gathering of DC-3s.

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262crew wrote:
Do you have anymore photos from Expo 86'?
I have several, but I haven't uploaded them because they are not very good due to the awful weather. I could put them on the (non-mil ?) forum if there's any demand, or send digital copies to you. PM me.


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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
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WallyB wrote:
262crew wrote:
Do you have anymore photos from Expo 86'?
I have several, but I haven't uploaded them because they are not very good due to the awful weather. I could put them on the (non-mil ?) forum if there's any demand, or send digital copies to you. PM me.




I was thinking the other day it would be cool if an Expo 86' topic was started. Then I came across this thread and photo. The only shot I have from that day is me sitting in copilot seat. Sorry not trying to hijack this thread.

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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
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262crew wrote:
I was thinking the other day it would be cool if an Expo 86' topic was started. Then I came across this thread and photo. The only shot I have from that day is me sitting in copilot seat. Sorry not trying to hijack this thread.
Done. If it's the wrong place for the thread, mods please move.

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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
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The pictures of the B-17's 61 & 68 at Boise were flown by Larry Hill, 61 and Bob Forbes,68. Also there that year was tanker 99, flown by Gene Akers. I'll have to get out my log books to try and remember the exact year. In the 70's though


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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
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The B-17, tanker 68 at the top of the page was photographed on the way home to Porterville from Paso Robles. Again, I'd have to check my log books as to the exact date.

The F-15, on the ramp with the B-17 is at Fresno, and refueling at Porterville was taken in either 68 or 69. As it was destroyed at Hollister in I belive either 69 or 70. Failed to get air born and ran off the end of the runway and cought fire. The pilot, Ralph Ponte was OK


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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
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What an excellent thread! Thanks for all the photos guys, and the info with them!!!!
I have been in touch with a David P.....which I hope has been lurking on the WIX site...He flew PV-2's out of Dothan, Al. for two years....He is gathering all his sprayer photos from back in the 60's, and has promised to send the collection on a CD....I will ask if I can share them here, or if he will do it.
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I think you have about doubled the known photographs of the F-15 here!


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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
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bdk wrote:
I think you have about doubled the known photographs of the F-15 here!


...found a bunch more pics + details of the history of Tanker E35...


http://napoleon130.tripod.com/p61blackwidow/id33.html

http://napoleon130.tripod.com/p61blackwidow/id34.html
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 Post subject: Re: Airtanker Memories
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