FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) -
Formerly California Department of Forestry (CDF)
McClellan Maintenance and Air Operations HQ Base
May 14, 2010
Tracker S-2T Tanker: 100
Assigned OV-10A Bronco: 500
Assigned UH-1H Huey: 303, 901
This was my second trip into
the McClellan Cal Fire Air Operations HQ and Maintenance base. While
many of the aircraft that were on location had previously been
photographed by me when I was in California in 2009, there were several
aircraft on the ramp and in the hangars that I did not previously have
photographs for. Also new were three North American OV-10D Broncos
that arrived in February from the US State Department which had been
used as drug sprayers in Columbia. Previously they had been
stationed out of Patrick AFB in Florida and every once in a while when I
was vacationing down there I would catch a glimpse of them. In
service with Cal Fire they will be utilized as lead ships for 747s and
New OV-10D Broncos from the
US State Department: N617NA, N477AW, N12317
S-2T Tankers on site:
70, 71, 74, 75, 76, 78, 81, 82, 83, 85, 86, 88, 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95,
OV-10A Broncos on site: 110, 120, 140, 210, 230, 340, 410, 430,
440, 460, 500
UH-1H Hueys on site: 901, Unknown
Note that there is a mixture
of two paint schemes on the aircraft.
I want to thank Marty Buno,
Chief of Maintenance for Cal Fire for taking time out of his busy day to
show me around.
The three new OV-1D's together on the ramp.
N617NA awaiting to have the spray and other
equipment removed that is not needed for the Big Tanker Lead mission and
to be painted in Cal Fire colors. It was transferred to Cal Fire
in February of 2010.
N477AW came to Cal Fire in April of 2010.
N12317 was still registered with the State
Dept. at Patrick AFB as of June 16, 2010.
Shown here is some of the half inch Kevlar
that is located on either side of the cockpit to provide protection
against small arms fire.
140 returning from a test hop.
Cal Fire UH-1 Number 901.
Old Tanker 94 was being prepared to be flown
off to Carson City, NV to join old Tanker 95.
This is the 1200 gallon tank that has been
removed from one of the S-2Ts. Note the steps up into the aircraft
and the tank doors.
This looking forward into the tank bay of
the Tracker that the tank came out of.
I forgot to get the number of this Huey.
It was involved in an accident where it got tangled up with some power
lines. Due to the sturdy construction of the Bell Huey it survived
and is being rebuilt to be put back in service.
The bear and California Republic only shows
up on the Huey tail rotors.
The EAA B-17 Aluminum Overcast was giving
rides just to the north of the Cal Fire facility and Tanker 81 and OV-1
120 were both on display at that location.