Rare photo of the three DC-10 air tankers together

three DC-10 air tankers

All three of the DC-10 air tankers were in the same place at the same time Saturday, October 1, which is a rare occurrence. Tankers 910, 911, and 912 were all parked at McClellan Air Field. This happened at least one other time that we are aware of, August 30, 2014 at Castle Airport near Merced, California.

The trio will be split up again in the near future when Tanker 910 begins preparing for its contract in Australia where it will begin in less than four weeks. Tankers 911 and 912 will continue their work for CAL FIRE and the U.S. Forest Service for the remainder of the season.

One of Coulson’s C-130’s, Tanker 132, started its contract in Australia on September 6.

10 Tanker Air Carrier photo, used with permission.

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2 thoughts on “Rare photo of the three DC-10 air tankers together”

  1. Not as rare as you would think. I know it has happened at least twice at castle tanker base this year. Still an amazing picture see all of the 10’s together at the same base.

  2. yep.
    who would have thought VLAT’s would be great tools in the tool box. Certainly not the USFS which didn’t even want to try them at first.

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