Gladiator Fire – Day 4

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A quick update from yesterday,

The current tanker lineup in Prescott

Neptune Aviation: 6, 7, 12, 43, 45

Minden: 55

I got word that Tanker 5 was not being used in Mesa and was flown today (yesterday) to Prescott, sometime between 6 and 7 PM.

Tanker 45 declared an emergency landing sometime around 6pm after a run, and landed with the #2 engine off and the propeller feathered, was escorted by the FD to the south ramp, and the ops truck did a FOD run on 3R/21L.



– 1 Sikorsky Skycrane (Tanker 782)

– 1 Chinook 234, Columbia Helicopters C-FHFB (Radio call “Helicopter FHFB”)

– 1 Kaman K-Max, details unknown


All helicopters are flying out of the west ramp and presumably filling there. They seem to be carrying water and not retardant.


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