Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Two Dougs taking off to fight fires (one retired, one still flying)
Conair DC-6 T-50 taking off from Dawson City. I believe that the last season that Conair flew DC-6 air tankers was in 1998. (To read a little about the history of Conair, including the DC-6 tankers they flew from the 1970s into the late 1990s see History of Aviation in the BC Forest Service, Part 2 Air Tanker Operations. The reference for 1998 being the last year that Conair flew the DC-6 on contract for the B.C. Forest Service is found on p. 24). All three parts of the History of Aviation in the BC Forest Service may be found on this webpage of the BC Forest Service Centenary.
DC-7 T-60 taking off to fight a fire near Hood River, OR when she was owned by Butler Aircraft. As you may recall Aero Air bought Butler in December 2012 (see this article on Fire Aviation for more information).