Cachuma Fire, May 2004


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Santa Barbara Airport, May 4, 2004:

Fire broke out near Cachuma Lake on Monday afternoon. On Tuesday, air tankers were called in to help extinguish the blaze.

It appears that the days of vintage airplanes fighting forest fires are over. The U.S.D.A. Forest Service and the Department of the Interior announced on Monday, May 10 that they are terminating the contract for 33 large airtankers due to concerns over the airworthiness of the aircraft and public safety.

Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 breaks into the left hand pattern for Runway 07 at the Santa Barbara Airport. It originally served with the U.S. Navy as S2F, BuNo 152824. It was registered to US Forestry Commission as N511DF on Aug 21, 1996. Marsh Aviation registered it as N426DF on August 30, 2000. It is not the first Turbo-tracker to be registered as N426DF. S2F, BuNo 133245 carried that registration in the early 1990s.

Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 lands on Runway 07.

Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 taxies into the Goleta tanker station.

A number of commuter liners and general aviation airplanes shared the airport with the tankers.

United Express Embraer Emb-120 Brazilia, N295UX United Express Embraer Emb-120 Brazilia, N295UX takes off from Runway 07.

American Eagle SAAB 340, N903AE American Eagle SAAB 340, N903AE takes off from Runway 07.

United Express Bombardier Regionaljet, N3734 United Express Bombardier Regionaljet, N3734 takes off from Runway 07.

Santa Barbara Airport Firetrucks Santa Barbara Airport Firetrucks.

Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 breaks into the left hand pattern for Runway 07.

Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 lands on Runway 07.

Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 taxies into the Goleta tanker station.

Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 taxies into the Goleta tanker station.

Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 takes off from Runway 07.

Santa Barbara Airport, May 5, 2004:

Three more aerial tankers joined the force attacking the Cachuma Fire from the Goleta Tanker Station on Wednesday.

TBM Inc. Douglas C-54E Cargomaster, N8502R Tanker #65 TBM Inc. Douglas C-54E Cargomaster, N8502R Tanker #65 heads for the Cachuma Fire. Its Douglas construction number is 27367. It was delivered to the U. S. Army Air Corps as 44-9141 on May 29, 1945. It was transferred to the U. S. Navy as R5D-4, BuNo 90411 the same day. It later served the U. S. Marine Corps as a VIP transport at Norfolk, Viginia until it was withdrawn from use and stored at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in January 1973. It was purchased by Kenneth Spiva and given its current registration on August 29, 1980. TBM Inc. bought it on February 9, 1987.

Aero Union Lockheed P-3A Orion, N920AU Tanker #205 Aero Union Lockheed P-3A-25 Orion, N920AU Tanker #20 takes off from Runway 07 on its way to Paso Robles to fight another fire. Its Lockheed construction number is 185-5039. It was delivered to the U.S. Navy as BuNo 150513 in 1963. After transfer to the Spanish Air Force as 22-25, it served as an instructional airframe at Texas State Technical College. It is based at Redding.

The P-3 Orion Research Group, based in the Netherlands, has a P-3A Orion Aircraft Location Report.

Aero Union Lockheed P-3A Orion, N920AU Tanker #20 Aero Union Lockheed P-3A Orion, N920AU Tanker #20 takes off from Runway 07 on its way to Paso Robles to fight another fire.

TBM Inc. Douglas C-54E Cargomaster, N8502R Tanker #65 TBM Inc. Douglas C-54E Cargomaster, N8502R Tanker #65 in the left hand pattern for Runway 07.

TBM Inc. Douglas C-54E Cargomaster, N8502R Tanker #65 TBM Inc. Douglas C-54E Cargomaster, N8502R Tanker #65 taxies onto position for refilling at the Goleta Tanker Station.

Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 taxies into the Goleta tanker station.

Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 taxies into the Goleta tanker station.

Neptune Inc. P-2H Neptune, N14447 Tanker #11 Neptune Inc. P-2H Neptune, N14447 Tanker #11 turns off Runway 07. Its Lockheed Company construction number is 826-8010. It was built in 1955 and assigned U.S. Navy BuNo 135587. It was delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force as 8010.

Suddenly I heard the sound of many radial engines.

Collings Foundation Boeing B-17G 
Flying Fortress and Consolidated B-24J Liberator The Collings Foundation Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress and Consolidated B-24J Liberator passed over the airport in formation on their way to the Santa Maria Airport.

Sun Country Boeing 737-8Q8, N806SY Sun Country Boeing 737-8Q8, N806SY takes off from Runway 07. These days, this is one of the biggest airliners to visit Santa Barbara.

Neptune Inc. P-2H Neptune, N14447 Tanker #11 Neptune Inc. P-2H Neptune, N14447 Tanker #11 cranks up its number-1 R-3350 radial engine as it prepares to depart on another mission.

Neptune Inc. P-2H Neptune, N14447 Tanker #11 Neptune Inc. P-2H Neptune, N14447 Tanker #11 takes off from Runway 07.

Neptune Inc. P-2H Neptune, N14447 Tanker #11 Neptune Inc. P-2H Neptune, N14447 Tanker #11 takes off from Runway 07.

TBM Inc. Douglas C-54E Cargomaster, N8502R Tanker #65 TBM Inc. Douglas C-54E Cargomaster, N8502R Tanker #65 takes off from Runway 07.

TBM Inc. Douglas C-54E Cargomaster, N8502R Tanker #65 TBM Inc. Douglas C-54E Cargomaster, N8502R Tanker #65 takes off from Runway 07.

Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 Grumman S-2T, N426DF CDF Tanker #88 takes off from Runway 07.

TBM Inc. Douglas C-54E Cargomaster, N8502R Tanker #65 TBM Inc. Douglas C-54E Cargomaster, N8502R Tanker #65 climbs out from Runway 25.

Santa Ynez Valley, May 7, 2004:

Three large helicopters completed the air operation against the Cachuma Fire on Friday.

Evergreen Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane, N6979R Tanker #707 Evergreen Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane, N6979R Tanker #707 approaches the temporary filling station. Its Sikorsky construction number is 64079. It was built for a civilian operator in 1968.

Evergreen Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane, N6979R Tanker #707 The pilot of Evergreen Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane, N6979R Tanker #707 aims the snorkle at the tank of retardent. On July 7, 2003 the tail rotor of N6979R was substantially damaged near Tucson, Arizona.

Evergreen Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane, N6979R Tanker #707 The rotors of Evergreen Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane, N6979R Tanker #707 flex as it lifts away from the tank with a full load.

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Columbia Kawasaki-Vertol KV107-11, N184CH Columbia Helicopters Kawasaki-Vertol KV107-11, N184CH approaches the temporary tanker station. Its Kawasaki-Vertol construction number is 4001. It was built in 1962.

Columbia Kawasaki-Vertol KV107-11, N184CH Water sloshes as Columbia Helicopters Kawasaki-Vertol KV107-11, N184CH lowers its bucket into the tank.

Columbia Helicopters Kawasaki-Vertol KV107-11, N184CH Columbia Helicopters Kawasaki-Vertol KV107-11, N184CH hovers over the tank.

Siller Brothers Sikorsky S-61N, N15456 Siller Brothers Sikorsky S-61N, N15456 approaches the temporary tanker station.

Siller Brothers Sikorsky S-61N, N15456 Siller Brothers Sikorsky S-61N, N15456 approaches the temporary tanker station. Its Sikorsky construction number is 61826. It was built in 1980.

Siller Brothers Sikorsky S-61N, N15456 The pilot of Siller Brothers Sikorsky S-61N, N15456 aims the bucket at the tank of retardent.

Siller Brothers Sikorsky S-61N, N15456 Siller Brothers Sikorsky S-61N, N15456 dips its bucket in the tank.

Siller Brothers Sikorsky S-61N, N15456 Water sloshes from the bucket of Siller Brothers Sikorsky S-61N, N15456 as it hauls one last load to the Cachuma Fire.


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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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Marine Corps Boeing-Vertol CH-46F Sea Knight BuNo 155315 Tanker 906
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Siller Brothers Sikorsky S-61N N15456
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