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  1. Vassili Zaitzev

    Vassili Zaitzev Well-Known Member

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    I was driving with my mom back from Mass when we saw a plane, and pulled over to get a better look. Unfortunately, I did not have time to take a photo with my camera phone. I thought it was a C-130, it looked like a four engined prop. The plane was, however, silver in color and had a red tailfin, or the tail in general. If anybody has any knowledge of vintage aircraft in the area, or if C-130's are painted silver; that be great. The nearest airforce bases to where I live, Stafford Connecticut, is Westover in Chicopee, Massachusetts. There's another base in Westfield.

    I know some of the senior members here have pretty good knowledge. If anybody knows if there are vintage aircraft flying around Mass, or sliver C-130's, that'd be great. If not, no big deal, but I was curious as to what it was.
     
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    Don't know if it's still a current USAF colour scheme, but some 'MAC' C130's at one time were in overall natural metal, with an 'Arctic Red' fin and tail, and probably wing tips too.
     
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    #3 comiso90, Jun 16, 2009
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    I've seen firefighter C-130's with a red tail.

    maybe coastguard orange

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    Yeah, first thing that came to mind was a fire-bomber...they usually have red tails.

    We used to have firefighting Hercs out here until a few crashed, and CDF pulled 'em, though the Airforce still uses them (subdued though, no red like the CDF aircraft).

    We still have P-3 Orions in firefighting service (with red tails)...could it have been that?

    (In the photo, C-130 above, P-3 below)
     

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  5. Vassili Zaitzev

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    That might be it Comiso, the firefighter one, thanks.
     
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    Im pretty sure I remember one that used to go to the tanker base in Fresno that had an all red tail (not pictured). They do quite a bit of traveling and go where the fires are...

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    I don't think there's a fire where I am, nothing on the news(although the news is not really helpful). I think the firebomber might be the best guess.
     
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    When I said they go where the fires are...I mean It could be a thousand miles if its big enough..

    Canada?

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    Vassili Zaitzev Well-Known Member

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    Right. whoops.:oops:
     
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    We've got a bunch of fires up in Northern Alberta, though we're western, not out east like you are. I'm not sure if there's anything out east, I would imagine there's a few fires in Ontario.
     
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    Hope they're far away from you Catch.
     
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