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Men of PV-2 Tanker Fire 2, RIP

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Well, I've had a tough time trying to post after a long hiatus.But, I'm back after a lot of trouble "rehabilitating" my profile.I wanted to post a picture of tanker Fire 2.But, I can't find it on my hard drive. It's in there somewhere.The headline from the Arizona Republic (Phoenix) says it all."Prescott fire tanker crashes in Calif:; 2 die".Last Wed., my partner and I golfed Antelope Hills north course.It curves around the airport. We watched and listened as Fire 151,a DC 6 4-engine cargo tanker, and Fire 2, a Lockheed Neptune PV-2twin took off for the fire on the north rim of the Grand Canyonseveral times. The loaded "lumbering" takeoffs are impressive.Thursday on my way home from my Nat'l Forest trails volunteermeeting, I was on Highway AZ 89 as I passed back the west endof Runway 21. Fire 2 passed directly over my truck, less than150 feet AGL. I rolled down my windows to hear the round engines.Last year, up north we lost one of the five tankers that savedPrescott from the "Indian Fire" which came all the way to thesouth side of town. Fire 2 was another of the five heroes.Yesterday, we lost another of the five, near Redlands, CA.Thursday, I was thrilled by their overflight of my vehicle.The next day, Fire 2 is gone.Thank you, men.And, thank you to your families for their sacrifice.Dan

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Dan, I am so glad that you are back here. Your absence was very worrisome and you were sorely missed.Very sorry about this tragedy. Brave men risk their lives and it is sad that it ends up like this.Best regards.Luis

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My apologies, I acted on hearsay information. The plane lost was actually Fire 99, also a Lockheed Neptune PV-2 twin.I have photos showing it after refueling and loading at the Prescott Fire Center, but upload attempts have failed.Maybe I'll try later.

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Tankers at Arizona's Prescott Nat'l Forest Fire Center, south side of Runway 21L. We watched these guys on their runs to the Grand Canyon north rim on Mon., from the Stoneridge Golf Course on edge of Bradshaw Mts south of the airport, about 5 miles away and above pattern altitude. Then we watched them Wed. while golfing at Antelope Hills. The north 18 has several holes wrapping around the airport. One green and one tee are almost directly under Rwy 03R flight path, the 7550' main runway they have to use. The green is separated from the airport fence by a narrow asphalt road. I wish I'd had my camera. I'd have pictures of the underbelly drop doors on these guys from REAL CLOSE.Looking northwest, 7640' elevation Granite Mountain 7 nautical miles away. Airport elev. 5045'.http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/41243.jpgLooking north. Fire 162 in foreground has taken on retardent, the red stuff on the ground.Fire 99 is in the background.http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/41248.jpgCloseup of Fire 162.http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/41250.jpgCloseup of Fire 99, lost Friday hitting a mountainside at the 3500' level,8 miles northeast of the San Bernadino (Calif.) Air Tanker Base.9656' Bill Williams Mountain is visible in background, 34 nautical miles.http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/41251.jpg

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