The latest coming in from the news hounds over at WIX (Warbird Information Exchange) involves the ferry flight of Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer (Bu No 66300) from Greybull, WY to Chino, CA for delivery to its new home at Yanks Air Museum in Chino. The aircraft formerly served with Hawkins & Powers in Greybull as a fire bomber as Tanker 124. The aircraft was one of a fleet of vintage fire bombers that were auctioned off in late 2005.
It’s great news that the former H&P Privateers are finding new homes and are not meeting the fate of the scrapper. Though Tanker 124 will be a long-term restoration to bring it back to wartime condition, certainly the skilled craftspeople at Yanks are up for the challenge.
For a video of Tanker 124 in it’s active days protecting timber, please see the video below.