Neptune plans retirement commemoration for P2V’s

P2v air tanker

Above: A P2V air tanker drops retardant on the Red Canyon Fire 9 miles southwest of Pringle, July 9. Photo by Bill Gabbert.

(Originally published at 5:40 p.m. MDT July 27, 2017)

From Neptune Aviation Services:


As many of you know, 2017 marks the final fire season for our beloved fleet of Neptune P2V airtankers. On Saturday, September 30 from 1:00-6:00 pm, Neptune Aviation will pay tribute to these historic aircraft at our Missoula campus and we would be honored if you would join us. We’ve planned an afternoon chock full of adventure, including flyovers, water drops, static displays, and more.

Beginning tomorrow [July 28], we will be posting our favorite P2V pics from over the years-photos YOU have graciously shared with us! And just for fun, any photo submissions between now and September 30 will automatically enter you in a drawing for a limited edition, custom P2V model. Send your pics to MEDIA@NEPTUNEAVIATION.COM and keep an eye on our FB page for more event details!


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5 thoughts on “Neptune plans retirement commemoration for P2V’s”

    1. The Neptune P2V celebration is free — open to the public, aviation community and the wildland firefighting community.

  1. Sad to see a part of my childhood go. My dads best friend worked at Coeur d alene airport and would call my dad when the airtankers were coming in from their last run and my brother and I would tour the airtankers when they landed. My brothers scout troop got their picture taken on the wing of tanker 27. Looking forward to having one last tour.

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