Air tanker activity at Hemet-Ryan in 1980

Some of the aircraft were probably working the Panorama Fire that burned 310 homes

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Tanker 65 lands at Hemet-Ryan in a screenshot from the video that was shot in November, 1980. Posted to YouTube by Habujet.

This film was shot at Hemet-Ryan Airport in southern California in November, 1980. Some of the air tankers were probably working the Panorama Fire that burned 310 homes and almost 29,000 acres. At that time the number of homes lost was considered to be extreme. Now almost 40 years later it ranks far down the list of destructive fires.

Aircraft seen in the video include C-119, S-2, PB4Y-2, B-17,  and a few others. The video was posted to YouTube by Habujet.

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

Five more PB4Y-2 air tankers

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PB4Y-2 Air Tanker 121, N2871G, at Hemet, California, September 15, 1979. Photo by JD Davis. Anyone know the story of the polka dots?

In our continuing series of looking back at photos of historic air tankers, today we are featuring five PB4Y-2 Privateers: Tankers 30, 50, 121, 123, and 124.  The photos of the aircraft seen here were furnished by the Flight Test Museum at Edwards Air Force Base except for the ones credited to JD Davis. Thanks JD!

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PB4Y-2 Air Tanker 50, N7237C, at Lancaster, California, August 25, 1972.
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PB4Y-2 Air Tanker 30, N3739G, at Lancaster, California November 1980. Photo by JD Davis.
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A PB4Y-2, Tanker 30, N3739G, at Hemet, California, July 17, 1980. Photo by JD Davis.
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PB4Y-2 Air Tanker 123, N7620C, at San Bernardino, California July 25, 1999. Photo by JD Davis.
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PB4Y-2 Air Tanker 124, N2672G?, at Hemet, California, August, 1980. Photo by JD Davis.
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PB4Y-2 Air Tanker 50, N7237C, at Lancaster, California, August 25, 1972.
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A PB4Y-2 Air Tanker at Reno, Nevada, 1976.