Photos of northern California firefighting aircraft, part 2

Smokejumper aircraft, N145Z
Smokejumper aircraft, Short Bros SD3-60 Sherpa, N145Z

Dylan Phelps sent us these photos that he captured at various Northern California airports in the first part of September as our firefighters were going up against one of the most vicious wildfire seasons on record.

Thanks Dylan!

AIR TANKER 103, N293EA
T-103, MD-87, N293EA, Photo by Dylan Phelps
Smokejumper aircraft, N109BH
Smokejumper aircraft, Construcciones Aeronauticas C-212-CC, N109BH, photo by Dylan Phelps
SEAT, N349AS
SEAT, Air Tractor AT-802A, N349AS, Photo by Dylan Phelps
MAFFS 1
MAFFS 1, C-130, photo by Dylan Phelps
MAFFS 6
MAFFS 6, C-130, photo by Dylan Phelps
Retardant mixing plant
Fire retardant mixing plant, photo by Dylan Phelps
air tanker 52 C-FKFA
T-52, Convair CV-580, C-FKFA, photo by Dylan Phelps

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17 thoughts on “Photos of northern California firefighting aircraft, part 2”

    1. YOU SHOULD USE THE DC 910 AND 911 AND THE JET THE 747 JOB ON THESE FIRES THEY WILL PUT OUT THE FIRES MUCH QUICKER THAN THOSE OTHER PLANES AS THEY CAERRY MORE WATER OR FIRE RETARDANT I HAVE SEEN THEM ACTUALLY WORK ON SOME OF THESE BIG FIRES. BACK IN 1955 TO 1960 I FOUGHT MANY FIRES IN THE SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS AND ALSO MILL CREEK FIRES. I LEARNED FROM THE BEST FOREST RANGERS AROUND AT THAT TIME THEY ALSO DIDNT USE PLANES BACK IN THOSE DAYS. THEY WOULD FLY IN 200 ZUNI INDIANS TO HELP FIGHT THOSE FIRES THEY HAD THREE NUT CASES WHO ESCAPED FRON THE MENTAL HOSPITAL AND WE FINALLY CAUGHT THEM, AS THEY WOULD START TEN FIRES A DAY AND STAND BACK AND LOOK AT THEM.

  1. Thank you those pictures are outstanding I never knew that there was so many different type of aircraft and those colors outstanding work would love to see more if you could please thank you Jim Boudreau

    1. I WOULD LOVE TO BUY PHOTOS OF THE DC 910 AND THE 747 AIRCRAFT FOR MY OWN COLLECTION. THANKYOU VERY MUCH ALLEN MOSER 15449 LASSEN DR ADELANTO CA 92301

  2. Hey, great photos of the fixed wings.
    How about the helos.
    Can’t over look those folks. Even those big skycranes.
    Thanks for sharing.
    To all those fighting the fires day after day….YOU ARE THE REAL HEROS, STARS.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR DILIGENCE.
    Many are praying for your rest and recuperation and those LONG HOURS AND DAYS.
    We support you.

  3. Why can’t we use the super sooper?
    1600 gallons loaded in under 5 min.
    No landing at airports!!
    Can turn water to foam or retardant en route!
    8 to 10 trips an hour.
    These planes FIGHT THE FIRE not trying to SUSSPRESS THE FIRE!

    1. Super sooper?
      Isn’t that an Asian soup with noodles next to the Top Ramen in the market?

      I think you may find that the Bombardier/Viking CL-215/415, and all it variants, is a very unique and rare bird in the US and California. Depending on the time of year, you may observe one or two in Southern California when they migrate for the fall courtesy of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

      1. The first 747 attempts went under because no one wanted to contract, or pay for them. Presently, it’s safe to say that as many 747’s as the market will bear, will be put online. The cost goes year-round, no matter how much they sit or fly. Just like all tankers.

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