TBM photos

TBM dropping on a fire in southern California, 1972

TBM dropping on a fire

Seeing Walt Darran’s photo of him cranking a TBM at Hemet reminded me of some photos I took of some TBM’s dropping on fires in southern California in 1972. In those days there was not much of an effort to get firefighters out of the area when air tankers were dropping. Of course today, instead of carrying 300 gallons, air tankers are dropping 600 to 20,000 gallons.

TBM dropping on a fire

TBM dropping on a fire


Air tanker drop

Cleaning retardant off a 35mm camera while you’re fighting fire is not the easiest thing in the world.

One thought on “TBM photos”

  1. Great to see these old photos. Our TBM BuNo 53503 came from Forest Protection Limited in 1972 and still flying today, but restored with original WWII gun turret, bomb bays, etc. Restoring control panel now.

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