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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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Barry M. Goldwater Range Visit 4-10-2012

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On April 10th 2012, PHXSpotters members got a chance to visit the Barry M. Goldwater (BMGR). Back in February we had received our conformation on our tour date. Now it was time to get our members all set up and the member count sent into Ms. Teresa Walker. We all had time to get our cameras and lens all set. We would like to thank  www.LensProtoGo.comfor there outstanding customer service. We were all holding our breath and had our fingers crossed hoping that our tour would not get cancelled. Since tours are based solely on flight schedule. Monday afternoon, I received the news that our tour had been scheduled. We were to report at Range 1 at 1230pm. On the schedule for Tuesday we were going to see the 152nd FS and the 195th FS...

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Japan Airlines visit Phoenix International Airport

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JAL visits Phoenix Airport 3-22-2012

On March 22nd 2012, Phoenix International Airport had a special visitor arrive at 10am. Japan Airlines (JAL) brought their Boeing 777-300 (JA736J). The airline was chartered for the Seattle Mariners to fly them to the 2012 Open Series Japan. They will be playing against the Oakland A’s. It is a special treat for us at Phoenix when we get to catch a couple photos of a Boeing 777. PHXSpotters members had the coverage all over r the various spotting locations thought out PHX. We had members at T2, T3, T4 and 40th street.  We had a couple members out on the ramp for the 1pm departure. Kyle Boyd caught a great photo of the JAL 777. He was located just west of the airport when he clicked his shutter. They will be returning to PHX on the 30th of March.


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