Great photo of a BAe-146 dropping on Devore Fire

BAe-146 Devore Fire, air tanker,
Tanker 41, a BAe-146, drops retardant on the Devore Fire in Cajon Pass in southern California, November 5, 2012. Photo by Rick McClure

Rick McClure just sent us this excellent photo of Tanker 41, a BAe-146, dropping on the Devore Fire in Cajon Pass in southern California. He used a Nikon D5000 and shot it at f/10 and 1/400. He was not miles away using a huge telephoto lens — he used a zoom lens set at 60 mm for this photo.

Mr. McClure said: “I actually couldn’t run fast enough to get totally out of the drift.”

The fire jumped Interstate 15 eventually burning 350 acres before it was knocked down by firefighters and aircraft.

One more photo that Mr. McClure sent us is on our sister site, Wildfire Today.

8 thoughts on “Great photo of a BAe-146 dropping on Devore Fire”

      1. The fact that all the contractors are buying them is just one indication. But here are a few more. The 146 has the same footprint as a P2s, It will fit into most if not all current tanker bases that the P2s currently work out of, it has a high lift wing, and most importantly it was designed for low and slow as well as steep approaches to landing.

  1. The BAe146-200A, and RJ85 (bigger engines, glass cockpit, higher MZFW & MGTOW, stronger wing, etc), should be great airtankers, as soon as the tank systems get sorted out. Simple, STOL capability, good performance numbers, OEM support. Reasonable cost. Probably a couple hundred available. What’s not to like?

    1. Walt, what’s not to like you ask? How about the pressurised retardant tanks? A great aerial platform saddled with an inferior delivery system. Hopefully the Minden, Aeroflite and Air Spray versions with gravity tanks will deliver the product with the consistency and coverage that firefighters require.

      1. I have the same problems with the pressurized
        system. A tanked system with gravity feed…
        (Preferably attached to a Douglas product-
        sorry)

  2. Even as new and nice as these, and other turbine airframes will be, the pilots and companies will have those mysterious “chip light” problems! I will miss seeing a prop turming on the ramp.

    1. Unfortunately the 146 does not have chip lights…we’ll have to blame our problems on something else.

      I agree about missing turning props. This will probably be my last season on the P2. I felt a little sentimental the other day when we did the last drop I’ll probably ever do in the P2 (until they extend us again Fri).

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