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Super Duper Fire Fighter

DC-10 Fire Bomber

Conversion done by Evergreen at Marana, AZ. Normally the field there is a boneyard, where airplanes go to die. But Evergreen has a large facility there doing maintenance and conversions. This is the most interesting conversion since the Aero Space Lines 377 Guppy and Super Guppy.

It is a serious fire bomber. But don’t look for the California Forestry Department to use it. We have the governator and the moonbeam still screwing things up. But it is just a neat airplane!

Victorville, Southern California Logistics Airport. Used to be George AFB.


10 comments to Super Duper Fire Fighter

  • Definitely way cool :D The only problem I’ve heard with using turbine engine aircraft (turboprop and jet) in firefighting is that they’re more susceptible to engine failure due to debris. One of Mom & Dad’s friends up in Ramona used to fly the spotter plane for the fire bombers over San Diego and I got to meet the pilots a few times. They said you wouldn’t believe the things that would get sucked up in a good fire – like the pine tree they saw take off like a skyrocket in the middle of a firestorm :shock:

    Still, those big planes are good for laying a big, thick fire break where they don’t need to get into the smoke or down too low.

    Great post!!!

  • Glenn Mark Cassel AMH1(AW) USN Retired

    When I was a kid about 14-15 we would go visit my cousins in Hamilton, MT. It is in the Bitterroot Valley south of Missoula. At times the aircraft overhead would be TBM/TBF, Catalinas, an occasional B-17 and every now and then a Ford Trimotor and a Travel Air 6000. The Ford and Travel Air were used to drop smoke jumpers. Low, slow and on target. Johnson Flying Service at Johnson-Bell Field, now known as Missoula International Airport.
    Yes Kath, I am that old! Hee Hee!

    • Kath

      Glenn, I have not a CLUE what you’re talking about.

      Anyway, that’s pretty cool to “re-do” the plane, but then whose is it? I mean, somebody had to pay to have that done, right? (well, duh.) Or does it get run by a service that kinda rents it out?

      I know, I know, I always ask too many questions.

      Where’s a firefighter person that knows about these things??? Firefigter person to the rescue, please! :)

      • The conversion was partly paid for by California Department of Forestry. And I think the US Forest Service had a hand. But the operator is Evergreen out of Marana, AZ. Pinal Air Park.
        Serious Engineering on this old airframe.
        And I have been a firefighter. Aboard Ship, everyone is a firefighter.

        • Kath

          AND a firefighter, Glenn? Child, you have been everything. But I’m glad, bec. you know I always have questions!!! Thanks!


          • kc

            Kath, all Sailors are trained in fire-fighting, aboard ships and aircraft both. Duffy says he can still remember his route on the P-3. And his fire locker aboard USS Nimitz was 1 Fox. Glenn will know where that is.

          • Glenn Mark Cassel AMH1(AW) USN Retired

            I love it! A fifty five year old CHILD!

    • kc

      Was it Cousin Wayne died when his fire-fighting plane crashed a few years back? Kenneth and Edith’s son. His mother never got over it, died less than 2 years later herself.

  • Ah, the former George AFB… I used to shop the commissary there in the way-back, it was better than Edwards’. I’m glad to see the facilities are being put to good use.

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