Air Tankers over Santa Barbara County
July 30, 1990

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Fifteen years ago, a plume of dense smoke erupted over the Santa Ynez Mountains on the afternoon of July 30, 1990. Several large air tankers fought the fire in the Santa Ynez Valley from the Goleta Tanker Station.Go to the Home Page

July 30, 1990 Lockheed P-3A Orion, N927AU Tanker 27 on approach to land on Runway 25 at the Santa Barbara Airport.

July 30, 1990 Douglas C-54D, N9015Q Tanker 152 and Douglas C-54E, N460WA Tanker 151 climb out of the smoke-filled Santa Ynez Valley after dropping their loads of retardent.

July 30, 1990 Douglas C-54E, N460WA Tanker 151 climbs out of the smoke-filled Santa Ynez Valley.

July 30, 1990 Douglas C-54E, N460WA Tanker 151 passes in front of Big Pine Mountain.

July 30, 1990 Douglas C-54E, N460WA Tanker 151 climbs toward San Marcos Pass as Lockheed P2V-7 Neptune, N701AU Tanker 01 prepares to descend to the fire in the Valley.

July 30, 1990 Douglas C-54E, N460WA Tanker 151 descends toward the Santa Barbara Airport to pick up another load of retardent. The marine layer shrouds the foothills of Santa Cruz Island on the other side of the Santa Barbara Channel.

July 30, 1990 Douglas C-54E, N460WA Tanker 151 flies by smoking fires.

July 30, 1990 Lockheed P2V-7 Neptune, N701AU Tanker 01 climbs out of the Santa Ynez Valley.

July 30, 1990 Lockheed P2V-7 Neptune, N701AU Tanker 01 climbs toward San Marcos Pass.

July 30, 1990 The belly of Lockheed P-3A Orion, N927AU Tanker 27 is sreaked with red fire retardent from previous drops.

July 30, 1990 Douglas C-54D, N62342 Tanker 13 climbs out of the Santa Ynez Valley as Lockheed P-3A Orion, N927AU Tanker 27 prepares to descend to the fire in the Valley.

July 30, 1990 Douglas C-54D, N62342 Tanker 13 climbs toward San Marcos Pass.

July 30, 1990 Air Attack leads Lockheed P-3A Orion, N927AU Tanker 27 on its run in to the fire.

July 30, 1990 Lockheed P-3A Orion, N927AU Tanker 27 catches the last rays of the setting sun as it drops retardent in the path of the fire.


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