New memorial being unveiled today for the crew of Air Tanker 130

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A screenshot from the KOLO video of Air Tanker 130 breaking up near Walker, California in 2002.

The memorial in Walker, California honoring Steve Wass, Craig LaBare, and Mike Davis was showing its age after having been in place for a decade and a half. The three men were killed June 17, 2002 when their C-130 air tanker crashed while battling the Cannon Fire at Walker, California.

Today at 11:30 a.m. PDT, August 10, the new memorial for the crew will be unveiled along Highway 395 near the site where Tanker 130 crashed. (map)

(UPDATE August 11: photos of the new memorial)

More details are in the video below.

There is another memorial at the Greybull, Wyoming airport for the crews of the two air tankers that crashed in 2002. A month after the C-130 accident Ricky Schwartz and Milt Stollak passed away when their P4Y-2, Tanker 123, crashed in Colorado. May the five gentlemen rest in peace.

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The memorial at the Greybull, Wyoming airport for the five crew members of Tankers 123 and 130. Photo by Bill Gabbert, July 14, 2012.

Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Jansen. Typos or errors, report them HERE.

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  1. Bill, thanks for this article, I had a serendipitous moment driving through Walker two years ago driving up 395 on a ski trip, and stoped at the old memorial. In the days when tankers had a home base Steve was based in EAT for 4 seasons, and we flew many fires together. When you work closely with pilots like that all the time, you just get on the same wave link and it makes communications so smooth. He was a masterful tanker pilot, and a great guy to fly with. L-69

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