Air Tankers

TANKER 00

Rick Luebke Photo ©

(Aero Union) Lockheed P-3 Orion 3000 gallons, based in California. Aero Union is now Airstrike.

TANKER 02

John Baker Photo ©

(N474NA) British Aerospace BAE 146-200A (E2084).

Rick Luebke Photo ©

Rick Luebke Photo ©

Steve Nelson Photo ©

John Baker Photo ©

Rick Luebke Photo ©

Rick Luebke Photo ©

TANKER 06

John Baker Photo ©

(N9855F) 1953 Lockheed P2V-5F Neptune (131445).

TANKER 07

Rick Luebke Photo ©

(N807NA) 1954 Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune (131424).

Rick Luebke Photo ©

Rick Luebke Photo ©

Steve Nelson Photo ©

Steve Nelson Photo ©

TANKER 10

John Baker Photo ©

(N472NA) 1989 British Aerospace (E2138) Neptune.

John Baker Photo ©

TANKER 12

Rick Luebke Photo ©

British Aerospace BAE 146-200.

Rick Luebke Photo ©

Rick Luebke Photo ©

TANKER 17

Rick Luebke Photo ©

(Aero Union) 1963 Lockheed P-3A Orion (150510) 3000 gallons. Aero Union is now Airstrike.

TANKER 21

Rick Luebke Photo ©

(Aero Union) Lockheed P-3 Orion 3000 gallons. Aero Union is now Airstrike.

Rick Luebke Photo ©

TANKER 22

Steve Nelson Photo ©

(N922UA) (Aerostrike) Lockheed P-3 Orion 3000 gallons, former Navy Sub Chaser.

Rick Luebke Photo ©

TANKER 23

Ian Zahn Photo / Loveland Fire Rescue Authority

(Aerostrike) Lockheed P-3 Orion 3000 gallons, based in California. Formally Aero Union. More photos of Air Tanker 23 can be found here: Air Tanker 23 Demonstration.

Ian Zahn Photo / Loveland Fire Rescue Authority

Ian Zahn Photo / Loveland Fire Rescue Authority

Ian Zahn Photo / Loveland Fire Rescue Authority

TANKER 25

Rick Luebke Photo ©

(Aero Union) Lockheed P-3 Orion 3000 gallons, based in California. Aero Union is now Airstrike.

TANKER 40

Photo courtesy Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control

Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) currently operates 2 AT-802F models and 1 Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67F engine with an added performance component that affords them to carry 800 gallons of retardant, water or suppressants with full performance capability up to 8,000 feet mean sea level and 33 degrees Celsius. 

Photo courtesy Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control

Photo courtesy Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control

TANKER 41

John Baker Photo ©

(N471NA) British Aerospace BAE 146-200 (E2136).

TANKER 42

John Baker Photo ©

(C-GYXC) Conair CV-580 (507).

Rick Luebke Photo ©

TANKER 45

John Baker Photo ©

(C-FEKF) Conair CV-580 (80).

TANKER 48

Rick Luebke Photo ©

(N4692A) Lockheed SP-2H Neptune (7247), based  Fresno Yosemite International Airport, California, and operated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forestry Service.

Steve Nelson Photo ©

Rick Luebke Photo ©

Rick Luebke Photo ©

TANKER 101

Steve Nelson Photo ©

(N291EA) 1991 McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 (53039) Erickson Aero Tanker.

Rick Luebke Photo ©

TANKER 131

Steve Nelson Photo ©

(N130FF) 1980 Lockheed EC-130Q Hercules (161495) 3500 gallons.

Steve Nelson Photo ©

Steve Nelson Photo ©

Rick Luebke Photo ©

Rick Luebke Photo ©

Rick Luebke Photo ©

Rick Luebke Photo ©

TANKER 163

Photo courtesy South Metro Fire Rescue

TANKER 168

Photo Courtesy of Grace Dudas

(N416AC) 1999 British Aerospace (AVRO 146-RJ85A) AeroFlite.

John Baker Photo ©

Photo Courtesy of Grace Dudas

John Baker Photo ©

TANKER 261

Steve Nelson Photo ©

(N392AC) 2014 Bombardier CL-215-6B11 / CL-415 (2092) AeroFlite.

TANKER 262

Steve Nelson Photo ©

(N386AC) 2015 Bombardier CL-215-6B11 / CL-415 (2093) AeroFlite.

Steve Nelson Photo ©

Steve Nelson Photo ©

TANKER 475

John Baker Photo ©

(C-GSKQ) Saskatchewan Convair CV-580 (217).

TANKER 911

John Imig Photo ©

(N17085) McDonnell Douglas DC10 10 Tanker Air Carrier (Tank 1: 2,700 gallons, Tank 2: 4,000 gallons, Tank 3: 2,700 gallons).

TANKER 912

John Imig Photo ©

(N522AX) McDonnell Douglas DC10 10 Tanker Air Carrier (Tank 1: 2,700 gallons, Tank 2: 4,000 gallons, Tank 3: 2,700 gallons).

John Imig Photo ©

MAFFS 2

John Baker Photo ©

(7318 302 AW / 47318) MAFFS 2 (Modular Airborne FireFighting System) C-130 3000 gallon tank (Peterson Air Force Base).

Steve Nelson Photo ©

Steve Nelson Photo ©

Rick Luebke Photo ©

John Baker Photo ©

John Baker Photo ©

John Baker Photo ©

MAFFS 2

Steve Nelson Photo ©

(7319 302 AW / 47319) MAFFS 2 (Modular Airborne FireFighting System) C-130 3000 gallon tank (Peterson Air Force Base).

Steve Nelson Photo ©

Steve Nelson Photo ©

MAFFS 3

John Baker Photo ©

(1537 / 21537) MAFFS 3 (Modular Airborne FireFighting System) C-130 3000 gallon tank (Wyoming Air National Guard).

Steve Nelson Photo ©

Steve Nelson Photo ©

Steve Nelson Photo ©

Steve Nelson Photo ©

Steve Nelson Photo ©

MAFFS 5

Steve Nelson Photo ©

(7321 302 AW / 47321) MAFFS 5 (Modular Airborne FireFighting System) C-130 3000 gallon tank, based at Colorado Springs.

Steve Nelson Photo ©

Steve Nelson Photo ©

Rick Luebke Photo ©

Steve Nelson Photo ©

Steve Nelson Photo ©

Historical Photos

TANKER 10

Rick Luebke Photo ©

(N4235N) Neptune

Rick Luebke Photo ©

TANKER 12

Rick Luebke Photo ©

(N96264) Lockheed P2V-5F Neptune (128346).

TANKER 44

John Baker Photo ©

(N1386C) 1954 Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune.

Rick Luebke Photo ©

Shown here in 2010 at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport after experiencing a hydraulic failure upon landing, with no brakes the aircraft went off the runway. For full story and photos click here: Air Tanker 44 Accident.

Rick Luebke Photo ©

Rick Luebke Photo ©

TANKER 45

Rick Luebke Photo ©

(N445NA) Lockheed SP-2H Neptune (726-7102).

Steve Nelson Photo ©

Steve Nelson Photo ©

Rick Luebke Photo ©