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Monday, January 27, 2014

USFS Fatal Aviation Accident History - Dec. 2nd. 1980 Tanker 119 (N406WA) #NeverForget #CaFire

Probably the last photo of Tanker 118 (N96449) leaving Hemet Ryan for home in Tucson AZ, Dec. 2nd. 1980.
 Tanker 118 (N96449) leaving Hemet Ryan for home in Tucson AZ, Dec. 2nd. 1980
 Flown by Clyde Alford and Ron Letness to be followed by his partner Ken White and Gary Garrett in Tanker 119 (N406WA) both owned by a new company at the time, Waig Air. 

After clearing the mountain and heading out over the desert, Clyde passed under Ken for some photo ops, his tail didn't clear 119's wing. 

That made seven deaths for that fire season, the Panorama Fire near San Bernardino and the Lakeland Fire near Lake Elsinore claimed five on the ground that year.

Stolen from Facebook Fire Bombers as I await permission https://www.facebook.com/groups/FireBombers/

More information USFS Fatal Aviation Accident History: http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/av_safety/assurance/mishaps/fatal_aviation_accident_history.pdf

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