Photos of classic air tankers

S2, Tanker 70, at Hemet
Tanker 70 an S-2, at Hemet. Photo by Steve Whitby.

Steve Whitby was kind enough to send us another batch of photos that he took of air tankers. (These first five photos are his; the other five were taken by Bill Gabbert.) This time Steve’s are from 1979 and 1980 at Hemet in southern California. Earlier we posted some photos he took last summer at the Mountain Fire in southern California. Thanks again Steve!

S-2s at Hemet
S-2s at Hemet. Photo by Steve Whitby.
T-86, a C-119, makes a drop in 1979
T-86, a C-119, makes a drop in 1979. Photo by Steve Whitby.
C-119 at Hemet. Photo by Steve Whitby.
C-119 at Hemet. Photo by Steve Whitby.
C-119 at Hemet
Tanker 82, a C-119, at Hemet. Photo by Steve Whitby.

Speaking of C-119s, the five photos below were taken by Bill Gabbert between 1970 and 1972. The gentleman in the first photo is Ron Campbell, Superintendent of the El Cariso Hot Shots.

 

C-119 AirTanker
Ron Campbell photographing a taxiing C-119 air tanker. Photo by Bill Gabbert.
C-119 AirTanker
C-119 air tanker on final. Photo by Bill Gabbert.
C-119 AirTanker
C-119 air tanker reloading with retardant. Photo by Bill Gabbert.
C-119 dropping
C-119 dropping. Photo by Bill Gabbert.
Tanker 36, a C-119, taxiing. Photo by Bill Gabbert.
Tanker 36, a C-119, taxiing. Photo by Bill Gabbert.