Tankers Fight the Bouquet Canyon Fire from the Santa Barbara Airport, May 11, 2002


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A wildfire broke out in Bouquet Canyon, near Santa Clarita, California on May 11, 2002. A dozen tankers fought the fire out of the Goleta Tanker Station at the Santa Barbara Airport on May 11 and 12. This page features the tankers that were operating out of Santa Barbara on Saturday, May 11.

C-130A #67, N531BA at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 10, 2002 C-130A #67, N531BA is assigned to the Goleta Tanker Station over the summer. It is operated by Butler Aircraft Co.

C-54D #152, N9015Q at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 10, 2002 C-54D #152, N9015Q was temporarily stationed at Santa Barbara before the Bouquet Canyon fire started. It is operated by ARDCO and based at Fox Field, Lancaster.

C-54E #160, N96358 at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 10, 2002 C-54E #160, N96358 is assigned to the tanker station at Ramona. It is operated by AeroFlite.

S-2T #89, N425DF at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 10, 2002 Four of the California Department of Forestry (CDF) Grumman S-2T turbine conversion Trackers were brought south from bases in northern California. S-2T #89, N425DF is based in Grass Valley.

Grumman S-2 Tracker by Clark Cook Clark Cook has created a site devoted to the Grumman S-2 Tracker.

S-2T #89, N425DF and C-130A #67, N531BA at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 10, 2002 S-2T #89, N425DF lands as C-130A #67, N531BA taxis out for another mission.

C-54D #152, N9015Q at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 11, 2002 C-54D #152, N9015Q on approach to Runway 25.

C-54D #152, N9015Q at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 11, 2002 C-54D #152, N9015Q

S-2T #91, N428DF at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 11, 2002 S-2T #91, N428DF is based at Ukiah.

C-54D #152, N9015Q at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 11, 2002 C-54D #152, N9015Q

C-130A #67, N531BA at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 11, 2002 C-130A #67, N531BA on aproach to Runway 25.

C-130A #67, N531BA at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 11, 2002 C-130A #67, N531BA

C-54E #160, N96358 at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 11, 2002 C-54E #160, N96358 on aproach to Runway 25.

S-2T #72, N435DF at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 11, 2002 S-2T #72, N435DF is based at Hemet.

S-2T #90, N434DF at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 11, 2002 S-2T #90, N434DF is based at Ukiah.

S-2T #89, N425DF at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 11, 2002 Front view of S-2T #89, N425DF.

Tankers Spotted at Santa Barbara on May 11, 2002

Number Type Registration Operator Home Base c/n military serial
67 C-130A-9 N531BA Butler Aircraft Santa Barbara 182-3139 56-531
72 S-2T N435DF CDF Hemet 0382-029  
89 S-2T N425DF CDF Grass Valley 0341-029 BuNo 152825
90 S-2T N434DF CDF Ukiah 0382-034  
91 S-2T N428DF CDF Ukiah 0865-018 BuNo 149862
152 C-54D-15/DC-4 N9015Q ARDCO Lancaster 22178 43-17228
160 C-54E-5/DC-4 N96358 AeroFlite Ramona 27284 44-9058

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The Cleveland National Forest web site provides specifications for the different types of aerial tankers.



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Grumman US-2A Tracker N416DF Tanker 96, Santa Barbara, September 13, 1979
Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat NX7195C Tanker E40, Beale Air Force Base, May 31, 1980
Grumman TS-2A Tracker N405DF Tanker 72, Santa Barbara, October 16, 1985
Grumman TS-2A Tracker N406DF Tanker 73, Santa Barbara, July 19, 1990
Grumman TS-2A Tracker N420DF Tanker 75, Santa Ynez Mountains. August 15, 2002
Bell UH-1H Huey N805EH, Santa Ynez Mountains. August 15, 2002
McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-10 Tanker 910, Victorville, June 17, 2005
Grumman S-2T Tracker N439DF Tanker 74, Santa Barbara, June 19, 2006
Grumman S-2T Tracker N436DF Tanker 76, Santa Barbara, June 19, 2006
North American OV-10A Bronco N403DF, Santa Barbara, June 19, 2006
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Aero Union Lockheed P-3A-45 Orion, N922AU Tanker 22
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