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Lockheed L-188 Electra (C-FVFH) - This is a tribute to the aircrews fighting forest and bush fires this summer. The shot was taken outside of Kelowna, BC in 2012.
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Lockheed L-188 Electra (C-FVFH)


This is a tribute to the aircrews fighting forest and bush fires this summer. The shot was taken outside of Kelowna, BC in 2012.


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Gary Schenauer
Excellent catch, Edward. And a very fine photo to use for the tribute. Well done! *****
Image is... *slightly* misidentified ;)

Aircraft is:

Air Spray Lockheed L-188A(AT) Electra, C-FVFH
That's an awful big RV-7
The actual current civil registration for this Lockheed L-188A Electra is C-FVFH, on the Canadian Civil Aircraft Register.

N489 shows to be a FAA civil registration to a Vans RV-6.

jobeard - au contraire... she's not a DC-4 type... :-)
Gary Schenauer
Edward, viewers Coalora and Cliff have done your research for you. Replace the reg number you entered (N489) with the correct reg (C-FVFH) and the aircraft type you entered (RV7) with the correct type (L188) and you'll be all set with the correct info. And it's an excellent photo capture ....
Gary Schenauer
Hi, jobeard -- No inconsistency on the aircraft. The Canadian reg number is plainly displayed on the tail, right near the top of the vertical stabilizer. When this photo is viewed at its FULL size (which is the real size of the picture when it was uploaded), the number is readable. The Air Spray Airtankers fleet number is "489." The "489" fleet number identifies it as one of the nine Lockheed Electra airtankers that Air Spray had in its active tanker inventory back in 2012. Large numbers on air tankers make each aircraft easier to identify in smoke-filled fire areas which in turn makes it easier for spotter aircraft to direct a specific tanker to a specific location for a drop. And as for the "N" that appeared when Edward first entered the reg number incorrectly, the aircraft is displaying a Canadian flag which usually indicates it is registered in Canada - and Canada's reg system does not use an "N" prefix followed by numbers. The only problem when Edward first posted his photo was that he did not know anything about the Canadian aircraft registration system and he did not look closely at his own photo, so he just entered numbers he could plainly see. People do it all the time. Thanks to Coalora and Cliff, Edward has made the needed corrections and now everything is accurate on his fine photo. (Wave)
Leon Kay
Great photo.
Colin Seftel
Here's what Wikipedia says about the L-188:
First flown in 1957, it was the first large turboprop airliner built in the United States. Initial sales were good, but after two fatal crashes that led to expensive modifications to fix a design defect, no more were ordered. With its unique high power-to-weight ratio, huge propellers and very short wings (resulting in the majority of the wingspan being enveloped in propwash), large Fowler flaps which significantly increased effective wing area when extended, and four-engined design, the airplane had airfield performance capabilities unmatched by many jet transport aircraft even today—particularly on short runways and high field elevations.[citation needed] Jet airliners soon supplanted turboprops for many purposes, and many Electras were modified as freighters. Some Electras are still being used in various roles into the 21st century. The airframe was also used as the basis for the much more successful Lockheed P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft.
I flew both the Electra and P-3, that is a Lockheed Electra, L-188. The DC aircraft are not powered by 4 bladed turboprop engines.
serge LOTH
If I remember the huge engines balades are the same on the C130 and the Convair 580, very reliable(18000 Allison engines built)
ED this is a gorgeous picture and respect to my colleagues fire fighter pilots.
marylou anderson
Nice capture...but where were you to get this?
Just being in the vicinity is dicey.
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