Ted's Tankers & other propliners by Ted Quackenbush

Ted Quackenbush lived for many years in Oregon and often managed to get up close to the Butler Aircraft Services airtankers at Redmond, Oregon. Here are some 'vintage propliner' images to share.

Photos © Ted Quackenbush

 

 

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Ted's airtankers
Ted took lots of photos when DC-6 N90739 (T68) and DC-7 N6318C (old T67) were cut up
in May 2007 at Redmond, Oregon. This image and directly below are from earlier dates.

Classic airtankers by Ted Quackenbush
Tanker 68, DC-6 N90739 (c/n 43044/84), with some pride left.

Notes from my (Webmaster) records on N90739: " Ln 10sep98 on air tanker duties, still TBM N90739,
operating in orig American Airlines livery. Noted active on the 'Happy Camp Complex' fire operating from
,Medford,OR Sep.2001. Reported at Lancaster-Fox Field,CA on 27Oct03, fighting fires. Telcall 05Apr07
confirmed up for scrapping by TBM soon. At some point (2004?) T68 got a new paintjob: white on top,
silver on bottom, like T65 with an orange American Airline lightning bolt down the side. T68 remained at
Visalia (homebase of TBM) during the grounding of all airtankers in 2004. T68 never returned to service
after that. In 2005 N90739 was ferried back to Redmond, to have her tank removed and prepare her for
American Airlines museum in Dallas,TX; alas, the deal fell through. Registration N90739 was cancelled 12Apr07.


 

Classic Airtankers by Ted Quackenbush
Tankers 68 sans elevators..

These photos were taken 15May2007 at Redmond,OR. I had been told the chopping would begin on the 17th, but the chopping actually started on the 16th so I missed getting any photos of the initial, main work.

Classic Airtankers by Ted Quackenbush

Classic Airtankers by Ted Quackenbush
Looking aft into the cabin

Classic Airtankers by Ted Quackenbush
The flightdeck gutted..

Classic Airtankers by Ted Quackenbush
Cockpit, glare shield

Tanker 68's engines, propellers, landing gear, control surfaces, and other components had been
sold years ago to Everts Air Fuel (in Alaska) for spares for their fleet of DC-6's.

Classic Airtankers by Ted Quackenbush
Cockpit, overhead panel. 15May2007.


Scrapping of Tanker 67 and 68 at Redmond, 2007
The airtanker's version of 'dust to dust'...

Scrapping of Tanker 67 and 68 at Redmond, 2007

Scrapping of Tanker 67 and 68 at Redmond, 2007
Built from parts, reduced to parts. These 3 photos date from 17May2007.


 

Classic airtankers by Ted Quackenbush
Gently does it. Photo taken May 18th.

Classic airtankers by Ted Quackenbush
Photo taken May 18th.



Classic airtankers by Ted Quackenbush
Douglas DC-7 N6318C (old T67). Date 18May 2007.

Notes from my (Webmaster) records: "N6318C is Douglas DC-7 c/n 44282/520. During 1990s it was used
as static engine testbed, since overhaul had a fatal finding: damaged mid spar. Butler Aircraft was a subsidiary
of TBM, Inc. until October 2006, when it was purchased by Travis and Nan Garnick.  Butler retained
ownership of the DC-7 aircraft, while TBM kept the C-130s, one DC-6 (T68) and one DC-4 (T65)."

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Created: 31Jan2015 - Updated: 01-Feb-2015