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Lockheed L-188 Electra Water Bombers in action!

Jetzguy 

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Posted 22 November 2018 - 21:29 CET

I decided to upload these photos and video links after reading Richard and Gerard discussing these great aircraft. They are living a very rewarding life in Canada fighting wildfires and doing the job rather well. (Also a couple BAE 146 air tankers/802 FireBoss)

Enjoy.

Jetz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=PpN-Z0gjKs0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x51xBVmFwj4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RUIjlfdy4s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PoCEfsmid8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idwUaJadn_M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrdRvdZnvgU

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Jetzguy 

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Posted 22 November 2018 - 21:43 CET

These photos and videos are from Air Spray and the web.

Richard Parkhouse 
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Posted 22 November 2018 - 23:30 CET

Great videos Jetz. Really good to see the old Electras still working hard after their airline careers!

Gerard van Oostrom 
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Posted 23 November 2018 - 08:01 CET

Thanks Jetz, and you know what….the C-FVFH, the one with 489 on the tail, is this Mandala Electra PK-RLF! You can check it on 'planelogger'.

She is looking beautiful for a 60 year old workmaid ;-)

Jetzguy 

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Posted 23 November 2018 - 09:01 CET

I found her just for you my friend ☺

Gerard van Oostrom 
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Posted 23 November 2018 - 15:02 CET

Haha, a hug from me Jetz!

Jetzguy 

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Posted 23 November 2018 - 18:21 CET

Lol. Funny guy.

Air Spray Air Tankers are the worlds largest operator of the Electra with 14 in their fleet. 9 have had the full conversion into air tankers for fighting wildfires. Great planes.

Jetzguy 

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Posted 23 November 2018 - 18:44 CET

489 at work on a fire doing multiple drops from one load of retardant building a guard around the fire.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6lDFqNaQqI

Here is a great writeup about the company.

www.skiesmag.com/features/air-spray-hot-half-century/

Gerard van Oostrom 
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Posted 23 November 2018 - 20:16 CET

Thanks a lot Jetz!

It remains an amazing story that a 35 year old picture of the Electra of Mandala in Indonesia leads to the Air Spray company in Canada where this plane is still at service as a firefighter.

When I read the story of Air Spray and you see the fires in CA the future of this company is secured!

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