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British Aerospace BAe-146-200 (N473NA) - 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.br /br /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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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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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
01-Jul-2022 UnknownFresno Yosemite Intl ()Fresno Yosemite Intl () 03:28PM PDT 04:01PM PDT 0:32
01-Jul-2022 UnknownFresno Yosemite Intl ()Fresno Yosemite Intl () 02:54PM PDT 03:11PM PDT 0:16
01-Jul-2022 UnknownFresno Yosemite Intl ()Fresno Yosemite Intl () 02:15PM PDT 02:29PM PDT 0:13
01-Jul-2022 UnknownFresno Yosemite Intl ()Fresno Yosemite Intl () 01:45PM PDT 01:58PM PDT 0:12
28-Jun-2022 UnknownPaso Robles Muni ()Fresno Yosemite Intl () 07:06PM PDT 07:29PM PDT 0:23
28-Jun-2022 UnknownSanta Maria ()Paso Robles Muni () 06:02PM PDT 06:33PM PDT 0:31
28-Jun-2022 UnknownSanta Maria ()Santa Maria () 05:14PM PDT 05:31PM PDT 0:17
28-Jun-2022 UnknownSanta Maria ()Santa Maria () 04:42PM PDT 04:57PM PDT 0:15
28-Jun-2022 UnknownSanta Maria ()Santa Maria () 04:04PM PDT 04:21PM PDT 0:16
28-Jun-2022 UnknownSanta Maria ()Santa Maria () 03:32PM PDT 03:47PM PDT 0:15
28-Jun-2022 UnknownSanta Maria ()Santa Maria () 03:04PM PDT 03:16PM PDT 0:11
28-Jun-2022 UnknownFresno Yosemite Intl ()Santa Maria () 02:03PM PDT 02:36PM PDT 0:33
25-Jun-2022 UnknownFresno Yosemite Intl ()Fresno Yosemite Intl () 01:13PM PDT 01:36PM PDT 0:23
23-Jun-2022 UnknownFresno Yosemite Intl ()Fresno Yosemite Intl () 08:00PM PDT 08:11PM PDT 0:11
23-Jun-2022 UnknownNear Porterville, CAFresno Yosemite Intl () First seen 02:35PM PDT 03:06PM PDT 0:31
23-Jun-2022 UnknownFresno Yosemite Intl ()Porterville Muni () 01:23PM PDT 01:58PM PDT (?) 0:35
20-Jun-2022 UnknownFresno Yosemite Intl ()Fresno Yosemite Intl () 06:01PM PDT 06:25PM PDT 0:24
19-Jun-2022 UnknownFresno Yosemite Intl ()Fresno Yosemite Intl () 06:54PM PDT 07:19PM PDT 0:25
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