Fire Bomber History

 1958 - Sold at Government auction for $1,776.00           - Modified for cloud seeding in Watsonville, CA  1959 - Sold to Aero Atlas, Red Bluff, CA and modified into the first fire bomber A-26,           Tanker 27  1961 - The owner of Aero Atlas was killed in the crash of his 2nd A-26 fire bomber, so 313 was sold to Wilson Aviation Industries in Lewiston, ID, DBA Hillcreat Aircraft.  313 was then designated Tanker 20 and fitted with a "B" model hard nose.  1965 - 313 was sold to Butler Aircraft in Redmond, OR and became Tanker 16.  STOL wing tips were added.  1974 - Con Air in Abbotsford, BC purchased 313 and re-registered it as C-GHLK.  Con Air retired the A-26 in 1986 with almost 2000 hours of fire fighting time put on her.  1987 - Con Air donated 313 to the Reynolds Aviation Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.   

1958 - Sold at Government auction for $1,776.00

         - Modified for cloud seeding in Watsonville, CA

1959 - Sold to Aero Atlas, Red Bluff, CA and modified into the first fire bomber A-26,           Tanker 27

1961 - The owner of Aero Atlas was killed in the crash of his 2nd A-26 fire bomber, so 313 was sold to Wilson Aviation Industries in Lewiston, ID, DBA Hillcreat Aircraft.  313 was then designated Tanker 20 and fitted with a "B" model hard nose.

1965 - 313 was sold to Butler Aircraft in Redmond, OR and became Tanker 16.  STOL wing tips were added.

1974 - Con Air in Abbotsford, BC purchased 313 and re-registered it as C-GHLK.  Con Air retired the A-26 in 1986 with almost 2000 hours of fire fighting time put on her.

1987 - Con Air donated 313 to the Reynolds Aviation Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

 

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