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British Aerospace BAe-146-200 (N473NA)

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Neptune Aviation Services BAe 146-200 Tanker 01, with speed brakes deployed on a down hill run... follows lead plane to make a critical forward rate of spread retardant drop on the threatening June Fire, June Lake CA., late afternoon 9-16-14.

Neptune Aviation Services is located in Missoula, Montana. NAS fleet includes 7 modern BAe 146-200 aircraft(converted British Aerospace BAe 146-200, passenger carrier regional airliner), including Tankers 41, 40, 12, 10, 03, 02, 01 and are equipped with the innovative REV 3 tank capable of delivering a payload of 3,050 gallons of fire retardant.

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Patrick Sawyer
This guy was one of two 146 fire tankers that were rolling overhead like clockwork a few weeks ago in Sacramento, CA. They were staging out of KMCC alongside a P2V and Tanker 912 while working the King Fire. MAJOR thanks and kudos to them for their hard work!!!
Art Troutman
Whoops! The "Neptune' designation does not go with the Bae 146 - but rather to the former US Navy P2V Neptune, as mentioned in Patrick Sawyers' Comment. The P2V-7 version - the last one built by Lockheed Aircraft - is a US Navy antisubmarine aircraft, fitted with a pair of Wright R3350 turbo-compound recip engines, supplemented by a pair of J33 jet engines, resulting in superb maneuvering for making precision air drops! The Bae 146 airliner, fitted with 4 jet engines, should also be ideal in making those air drops!
Lee Kovarik
@Art Troutman- But surely there can be such a thing as a company called Neptune Aviation Services, regardless of what they fly, which is what the poster is positing.
STEVE SIMPSONPhoto Uploader
Neptune Aviation Services is located in Missoula, Montana. NAS fleet includes 5 modern BAe 146 aircraft(converted British Aerospace BAe 146, purpose built civilian short haul regional airliner), including Tankers 41, 40, 10, 02, 01 and are equipped with the innovative REV 3 tank capable of delivering a payload of 3,050 gallons of fire retardant.

Neptune Aviation services also operates 6 P2V "Neptune" airtankers, and are expected to convert more Avro RJ/BAe 146 aircraft in the near future. These new aircraft will replace the aging P2V "Neptunes".
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