Cuyama Fire, July 3-4, 1996


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On the third and fourth of July 1996, tankers operating out of the Goleta Forest Service Tanker Station were dispatched against a fire near New Cuyama.

July 3, 1996

I got these shots of the tanker operations from my back yard.

DC-4 #160 takes off from Santa Barbara to fight the Cuyama Fire C-54 Cargomaster #160 departs the Santa Barbara Airport.

DC-4 #160 flies directly overhead on its way back to the Santa Barbara airport C-54 Cargomaster #160 returning from a retardent drop.

P-2 #03, N903AU flies directly overhead on its way back to the Santa Barbara airport P-2 Neptune #03 passes directly overhead as it returns from New Cuyama. Although this model of Neptune was originally equipped with jets, this one has had them removed.

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DC-4 #152 takes off from Santa Barbara to fight the Cuyama Fire C-54 Cargomaster #152 slowly climbs away from the Santa Barbara Airport.

P-3 #23, N923AU takes off from Santa Barbara to fight the Cuyama Fire P-3 Orion #23 climbs out much faster on the power of its T-56 turboprops.

Tankers spotted operating from Santa Barbara on July 3, 1996 included:

Number

Type

Registration

Operator

c/n

military serial

Retired

03

SP-2H

N703AU

Aero Union

726-7217

BuNo 147967

retired

23

P-3A-40

N923AU

Aero Union

185-5085

BuNo 151372

 

73

S-2E

N437DF

CDF

0865-004

   

93

S-2F-1/TS-2A

N447DF

CDF

   

retired

94

S-2F-1/TS-2A

N446DF

CDF

     

96

S-2F-1

N443DF

CDF

     

100

S-2F-1/TS-2A

N436DF

CDF

     

152

C-54D-15/DC-4

N9015Q

EMI Services

22178

43-17228

 

160

C-54E-5/DC-4

N96358

AeroFlite

27284

44-9058

 


July 4, 1996

S-2 #94, N446DF at the Santa Barbara tanker station S-2 Tracker #94 at the Tanker Station before another day of fire fighting.

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