U.S. air tanker dispatched to Canada

Neptune's five BAe-146 air tankers
Neptune’s Tanker 02, with four of her sister BAe-146 air tankers. Neptune Aviation photo, May 2014.

An air tanker operated by a United States firm was dispatched to Canada on Sunday. Today Neptune Aviation’s Tanker 02, a BAe-146, is in Grand Praire, Alberta (map).

Jennifer Jones, a spokesperson for the U.S. Forest Service, said there are no plans to send any additional air tankers to Canada at this time.

Tanker 02 does not have an exclusive use contract with the U.S. Forest Service, but received one of the 22 recently awarded Call When Needed contracts.

It is not common to send U.S. air tankers north across the border. But in recent years CV-580 air tankers have spent quite a bit of time in the United States after making the trip south.

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4 thoughts on “U.S. air tanker dispatched to Canada”

    1. I mentioned this three days ago in the Canadian tankers to Alaska thread. It’s on shift today. It will silence the critics who claim the Canadians are protectionist.
      In other news: the Martin Mars flies again. That’s a display of incredible political incompetence and shrewd marketing.

  1. Well alright! Bout darn time we get to help them out as well. Kudos to Canada, USFS and Neptune.

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