Interior of Neptune’s BAe-146 revealed

The Santa Maria Times ran an article with photos that featured one of Neptune’s BAe-146 air tankers when the aircraft was working out of the Santa Maria Air Attack Base while the White Fire was burning north of Santa Barbara, California. The interesting thing about the article is that it includes a photo of the interior of the BAe-146. It is the first photo I have seen of the interior.

Only the end of the tank is visible, and it is round. You can’t tell if the tank is cylindrical like the MAFFS tanks, or a series of nearly spherical tanks, like in the 747 Supertanker.

We asked the Santa Maria Times for permission to replicate the photo, and they refused, which is of course their right.

 

Thanks go out to John