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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 is assigned to the Goleta Tanker Station over the summer. It is operated by Butler Aircraft Co.
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 is assigned to the tanker station at Ramona. It is operated by AeroFlite.
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.
Clark Cook has created a site devoted to the Grumman S-2 Tracker.
S-2T #89, N425DF lands as C-130A #67, N531BA taxis out for another mission.
C-54D #152, N9015Q on approach to Runway 25.
C-54D #152, N9015Q
S-2T #91, N428DF is based at Ukiah.
C-54D #152, N9015Q
C-130A #67, N531BA on aproach to Runway 25.
C-130A #67, N531BA
C-54E #160, N96358 on aproach to Runway 25.
S-2T #72, N435DF is based at Hemet.
S-2T #90, N434DF is based at Ukiah.
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|
|89||S-2T||N425DF||CDF||Grass Valley||0341-029||BuNo 152825|
Visit the web site of the Aerial Firefighting Industry Association
Visit the web site of the Associated Airtanker Pilots
The Cleveland National Forest web site provides specifications for the different types of aerial tankers.
You can buy a 2018 Calendar featuring my photographs of aerial tankers in flight and fighting fires.
A dozen photos of aerial tankers:
Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress N17W Tanker 04, Santa Barbara, September 12, 1979
Douglas DC-7C N5903 Tanker 35, Santa Barbara, November 28, 1980
Douglas C-54E Cargomaster N460WA Tanker 151, Santa Ynez Valley, July 30, 1990
California Air National Guard C-130E Tanker 6, NAWS Pt. Mugu, April 25, 1998
Douglas C-54E Cargomaster N8502G Tanker 65, Santa Barbara Airport, May 5, 2004
Evergreen S-64E Skycrane N6979R Tanker 707, Santa Ynez Valley, May 7, 2004
Evergreen International Boeing 747 Supertanker, San Bernardino, May 31, 2006
Grumman S-2T Tracker N439DF Tanker 74, Santa Barbara Airport, June 19, 2006
Lockheed P2V-5 N1386C Tanker 44, Santa Barbara, June 19, 2006
Coulson Flying Tankers Martin JRM Hawaii Mars, Lake Elsinore, October 27, 2007
McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-30 10 Tanker Air Carrier Tanker 911, Mesa, Arizona 2011
BAE-146-200A N146FF Tanker 40, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, June 15, 2012
Put a copy of the Aerial Tankers: 2018 Calendar in your Lulu.com shopping cart for $14.95.
You can buy a 2018 calendar featuring my photographs of California Department of Forestry fire fighting aircraft.
This calendar is dedicated to the men and women of CAL FIRE and honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of California.
A dozen photos of California Department of Forestry fire fighting aircraft:
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
Grumman S-2T Tracker N439DF Tanker 74, Santa Barbara, June 25, 2006
McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-10 Tanker 911, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway, June 11, 2011
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You can buy a 2018 calendar featuring my photographs of Day Fire Tankers at Santa Barbara.
Aerial tankers fought the Day Fire from the Santa Barbara Air Attack Station for ten days, from Monday, September 18 to Wednesday September 27. Three Lockheed P-2 Neptunes and four Lockheed P-3 Orions visited the Air Attack Station during the fire. This calendar includes a dozen photos of those tankers:
Neptune Aviation Lockheed SP-2H Neptune, N4235T Tanker 09
Neptune Aviation Lockheed P2V-5F Neptune, N96264 Tanker 12
Neptune Aviation Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune, N1386C Tanker 44
Aero Union Lockheed P-3A-25 Orion, N920AU Tanker 20
Aero Union Lockheed P-3A-45 Orion, N921AU Tanker 21
Aero Union Lockheed P-3A-45 Orion, N922AU Tanker 22
Aero Union Lockheed P-3A-40 Orion, N925AU Tanker 25
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