Tankers Fight the Bouquet Canyon Fire from the Santa Barbara Airport, May 12, 2002


(Download a higher resolution picture by clicking on any picture below.) Go to the Home Page

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. The four California Department of Forestry Grumman S-2T Trackers departed late Saturday and five additional four-engine tankers were flown in from Arizona and Utah. This page features the tankers that were operating out of Santa Barbara on Sunday, May 12.

DC-6 #68, N90739 at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 12, 2002 DC-6 #68, N90739 cranks up number 1 engine at the start of the first mission of the day. It is operated by Butler Aircraft and based in Prescott, Arizona.

C-130A #67, N531BA at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 12, 2002 C-130A #67, N531BA is assigned to the Goleta Tanker Station over the summer. It is operated by Butler Aircraft Co.

C-54E #160, N96358 at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 12, 2002 C-54E #160, N96358 is assigned to the tanker station at Ramona. It is operated by AeroFlite.

C-130A #67, N531BA at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 12, 2002 C-130A #67, N531BA takes off as C-54E #160, N96358 is loaded with fire retardent slurry at the tanker station

P-3B #26, N926AU at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 12, 2002 P-3B #26, N926AU is operated by Aero Union and based at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

DC-6 #68, N90739 at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 12, 2002 DC-6 #68, N90739

DC-6 #68, N90739 at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 12, 2002 DC-6 #68, N90739

C-130A #131, N131HP at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 12, 2002 C-130A #131, N131HP is operated by Hawkins Powers and is based in Ogden, Utah.

C-130A #131, N131HP at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 12, 2002 C-130A #131, N131HP

DC-6 #68, N90739 at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 12, 2002 DC-6 #68, N90739

P-3B #26, N926AU at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 12, 2002 P-3B #26, N926AU

C-54E #160, N96358 at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 12, 2002 C-54E #160, N96358

C-130A #131, N131HP at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 12, 2002 C-130A #131, N131HP

C-54D #152, N9015Q at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 12, 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, California.

C-130A #67, N531BA at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 12, 2002 C-130A #67, N531BA

P-3B #26, N926AU at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 12, 2002 P-3B #26, N926AU

C-54D #152, N9015Q at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 12, 2002 C-54D #152, N9015Q

P-3A #23, N923AU at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 12, 2002 P-3A #23, N923AU arrived from its base at Prescott, Arizona later in the day.

P-3A #21, N921AU arrived after I finished shooting on May 12 and was not in a good position to get a photo the following morning.

C-130A #67, N531BA at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 16, 2002 C-130A #67, N531BA made a sortie on the morning of May 16 while I was waiting for the Collings Foundation B-24J and B-17G to arrive.

C-130A #67, N531BA at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 16, 2002 Vapor streams from the tips of the propellors of C-130A #67, N531BA as it winds up the engines for take-off.

C-130A #67, N531BA at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 16, 2002 C-130A #67, N531BA

C-130A #67, N531BA at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 16, 2002 C-130A #67, N531BA over the threshold of Runway 25.

Tankers Spotted at Santa Barbara on May 12, 2002

Number Type Registration Operator Home Base c/n military serial
21 P-3A-45 N921AU Aero Union Winslow 185-6098 BuNo 151385
23 P-3A-40 N923AU Aero Union Prescott 185-5085 BuNo 151372
26 P-3B-65 N926AU Aero Union Fort Huachuca 185-5171 BuNo 152731
67 C-130A-9 N531BA Butler Aircraft Santa Barbara 182-3139 56-531
68 DC-6 N90739 Butler Aircraft Prescott 43044  
131 C-130A N131HP Hawkins Powers Ogden 182-3142 56-534
152 C-54D-15/DC-4 N9015Q EMI Services Lancaster 22178 43-17228
160 C-54E-5/DC-4 N96358 AeroFlite Ramona 27284 44-9058

More Tanker Photos

Aerial tankers Aerial tankers


Visit the web site of the Aerial Firefighting Industry Association

Associated Airtanker Pilots web site Visit the web site of the Associated Airtanker Pilots

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



- advertisement -

Aerial Tankers

2018 Calendar

You can buy a 2018 Calendar featuring my photographs of aerial tankers in flight and fighting fires.

Lockett Books Calendar Catalog: Aerial Tankers

Lockett Books Calendar Catalog: Aerial Tankers

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

Buy my Aerial Tankers: 2018 Calendar at Lulu! Put a copy of the Aerial Tankers: 2018 Calendar in your Lulu.com shopping cart for $14.95.

Firefighting Aircraft of CAL FIRE

2018 Calendar

You can buy a 2018 calendar featuring my photographs of California Department of Forestry fire fighting aircraft.

Lockett Books Calendar Catalog: CAL FIRE

Lockett Books Calendar Catalog: CAL FIRE

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

Buy my CALFIRE: 2018 calendar at Lulu! Put a copy of the CAL FIRE: 2018 Calendar in your Lulu.com shopping cart for $14.95.

Day Fire Tankers at Santa Barbara

2018 calendar

You can buy a 2018 calendar featuring my photographs of Day Fire Tankers at Santa Barbara.

Lockett Books Calendar Catalog: Day Fire Tankers at Santa Barbara

Lockett Books Calendar Catalog: 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

Buy my Day Fire Tankers at Santa Barbara: 2018 calendar at Lulu! Put a copy of the Day Fire Tankers at Santa Barbara: 2018 calendar in your Lulu.com shopping cart for $14.95.

- advertisement -



Go to the Home Page

Send a message to Brian.

Go to home page of the Goleta Air and Space Museum.