Two CAL FIRE C-130 air tankers spotted at McClellan

CAL Fire air tanker 118 C-130
CAL FIRE air tanker 118 at Sacramento McClellan Airport. Photographed by John Vogel March 4, 2020.

John Vogel photographed two of CAL FIRE’s HC-130H soon-to-be-air-tankers. He spotted them at Sacramento McClellan Airport on March 4, 2020.

I wonder what CAL FIRE is going to carry in the luggage racks on top? 😉

CAL Fire air tanker 116 C-130
CAL FIRE air tanker 116 at Sacramento McClellan Airport. Photographed by John Vogel March 4, 2020.

As far as I know the internal removable retardant delivery systems have not yet been installed. If anyone has an update on this, let us know.

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5 thoughts on “Two CAL FIRE C-130 air tankers spotted at McClellan”

  1. Are the Cal Fire C-130s on the US civil register?
    If so, does anyone know the N numbers for T 116,118 & 119, please?
    Many thanks
    Brian

    1. I am thinking that the seven HC-130Hs have not been officially transferred from the Coast Guard, because the extensive work that was required on the aircraft is still not complete. The US Air Force is responsible for seeing that the work is done. It has been seven years since the transfer process started — they might need a few more.

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