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PHX Past
Aerial Firefighting Tankers

at PHX (Page 1)

Added 01/25/04

Several companies flew air tankers from PHX during the wildfire season in Arizona. The U.S.
Forest Service maintained a base at the Cutter ramp, on the South side of the airport, where
the aircraft could be seen from Old Tower Road.   During the fire season, one tanker was usually
based at PHX, and others used the airport in response to nearby wildfires. The Forest Service
calls in the tankers to fight fires in difficult to reach areas of the State, usually during the
warmer months.  Luckily, in some years these aircraft have seen limited use.
Yet, when they were here, they made an interesting addition to Sky Harbor's aircraft traffic.
In 2001 the Fire Tanker Base at PHX was moved to Globe, AZ (P13).

Click on a photo below to view a larger image of the aircraft...

Aero Union's Tanker Aircraft at PHX

 Official website:  Aero Union Corp.

Tanker 00 (N900AU)

Tanker 14 (N62297)

Tanker 22 (N922AU)

Tanker 23 (N923AU)

Tanker 25 (N925AU)

Tanker 27 (N927AU)



ARDCO's Tanker Aircraft at PHX

No website

Tanker 119 (N406WA)

Tanker 151 (N460WA)

Tanker 152 (N9015Q)


Butler Aircraft Co.'s
Tanker Aircraft at PHX

Official website:  Butler Aircraft
(subsidary of TBM Inc.) 

Tanker 62 (N401US)

Tanker 66 (N6353C) 



T.B.M. Inc.'s Tanker Aircraft at PHX

Butler Aircraft website:  TBM Aircraft

Tanker 60 (N838D)

Tanker 63 (N473TM)

Tanker 65 (N8502R)

Tanker 68 (N90739)


 A Douglas C-54 tanker departs on another mission...


Aerial Firefighting Links:

Associated Air Tanker Pilots Site (AAP)

Aerial Firefighting Industry Association

Aero Union Corp.

Butler Aircraft

Hawkins and Powers Aviation (Enthusiast Site)

International Air Response

Neptune Aviation Services

Air Tanker Identification and Photos (Enthusiast Site) (Enthusiast Site)


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