Fox Field, Lancaster

General William J. Fox Airfield, or Fox Field, is a relatively quiet place. Our interest primarily lay in the US Forest Service airtanker base with two MD-87s and a Skycrane, and the fact that the Milestones of Flight Museum used to be here.

That Museum closed in 2015. I've no idea what's left in the big hangar, donated by Kermit Weeks in exchange for a rare Havoc, but their three old piston-engined transports remain outside. Their destiny seems rather gloomy.

As with Cal Fire, the pilot from Ericson Aero Tanker was very helpful, and showed us around his MD-87 and the rest of the airfield - many thanks to him for making our visit so rewarding. By the way Erickson Air-Crane and Erickson Aero Tanker are not related at all. Jack Erickson sold his original Air-Crane company which converts, leases, and operates the helicopters. He then went on to set up Air Tanker as a separate fixed-wing operation.

We were here on the 5th May.

Aircraft Reg'n Thumbs Notes
Armstrong Whitworth Argosy C1 N1430Z Horatious. Milestones of Flight Museum. Ex RAF XP447
Beech C23 Musketeer N6633R  
Boeing C-97G Stratofreighter 53-0272 USAF Milestones of Flight Museum.
Fairchild C-119F Flying Boxcar N13745 Tanker 82 Hemet Valley Flying Services. Milestones of Flight Museum. Ex 48-0322
Gulfstream III N555GL  
McDonnell Douglas MD-87 Fire Bomber N291EA Tanker 101 Erickson Aero Tanker. Ex JAL JA8370, N826TH. The retardant tanks are in the fuselage (behind the clothes line). The fairing under the fuselage lowers the outlet to reduce the risk of ingestion by the engines.
McDonnell Douglas MD-87 Fire Bomber N297EA Tanker 107 Erickson Aero Tanker. Ex Iberia EC-FHK, EC-639.
Piper J-5A Cub Cruiser N35684  
Piper PA-24-180 Comanche 180 N5665P  
Piper PA-28R-201T Turbo Arrow IV N44966  
Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane N6962R Erickson Air-Crane Olga. Ex C-GFBH, HC-CAT.
Stinson 108-3 N6094M 747  

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