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Illustrated by: Eric Lian
CAL FIRE Chico S-2T Airtanker 93 N450DF is an art print from an original illustration. (This is not a photograph or a screenshot from a flight simulator)
Meticulously detailed, the aircraft is set against the California state flag. The description text is bordered by the CAL FIRE patch, American flag, California Fire Pilots insignia, and the DynCorp International logo.
Perfect for award presentations, the office and home, or as a gift for that aviation fan.
Printed on high quality, heavy weight Luster paper using a 12 color pigmented, archival ink system.
The description on the print states:
Tanker 93 is a Grumman S-2T (turbine engine) airtanker based at the CAL FIRE Chico Air Attack Base at Chico Municipal Airport (CIC) in Chico, California. Its primary mission is initial attack and delivery of fire retardant on wildland fires and structure fires in cases where the danger of developing into a wildfire is high.
In 1996, CAL FIRE acquired 26 S-2E/Gs previously used by the US Navy in the carrier-based, anti-submarine warfare role. CAL FIRE reconfigured the aircraft for the fire fighting role with a number of enhancements including the addition of two 1,650 horsepower Garrett TPE331-14GR turbine engines. The S-2T is crewed by a single pilot and carries a payload of 1,200 gallons of fire retardant. Gross weight is 29,150 pounds with a maximum speed of 270 mph and a range of 500 miles loaded or 800 miles empty. Endurance is 4.5 hours.
The CAL FIRE airtanker fleet is maintained and piloted by personnel from DynCorp International, an American company whose expertise is providing global aviation support.