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Douglas DC-7 (N838D)

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A quick photo tribute to Erickson Aero Tanker's beautiful Tanker 60 - a 1958 Douglas DC-7B. She started her life with Eastern Air Lines before being converted into a fire bomber.

Here she is operating out of the Redmond, Oregon tanker base to make drops on the Green Ridge Fire near Sisters, Oregon back in August. Tanker 60 has been very busy on contract with the State of Oregon this summer, and is currently taking part in heroic efforts by firefighters to slow and stop the fires ravishing the state.

Sadly, Tanker 60 is in its last year of service and will be retired after this wildfire season which will be the end of airworthy DC-7s and leaving CL-215s as the last large piston air tankers remaining.

A true ending of an era for those of us on the west coast in particular!

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Nate Rasband
Well done! 5 stars!
Gavin Hughes
Simply a superb photo. Indeed sad to see it go and what truly sterling service in it's later years.
ken kemper
Awesome Photo..........

Thank you for the history and so glad you caught this DC-7 doing some very important work.
ken kemper
Awesome Photo..........

Thank you for the history and so glad you caught this DC-7 doing some very important work.
dfuller
Historical history and airplane.
Karl Jackson
Amazing picture!
Alan Brown
It is always sad to see a great aircraft end its service, but they always seem to find a way to come back after a while. They may only do it one or two at a time, but they do manage because people always remember them.
John Rumble
https://www.planelogger.com/Aircraft/Registration/N838D/636556

Delivered 10-2-1958 to Eastern Airlines

62 years in the Air . She deserves a good retirement
James Willich
Great pic!
Jim Hackman
Old joke? A DC-6 was a 4 engine airplane with 3 bladed propellers. A DC-7 was a 3 engine airplane with 4 bladed propellers! Reliability issues. Several great stories from the Zantop/Universal freight days. BTW, there is a DC-7 in corporate configuration sitting at Goodyear, AZ KGEU. It is airworthy but needs inspections, etc.
John Turanin
Lets hope she ends up at an aviation museum.
garritt
true heros
zfwaviationPhoto Uploader
Thank you all.
daniel jef
Great picture!!
marylou anderson
Gorgeous
Ronald Mullins
Great photo. Thanks for the back story. A great aircraft with a very honourable history.
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