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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Thursday, September 7, 2017

California Dreaming: The Aero Experience Tour of Cal Fire Tanker Bases - Paso Robles

By Fred Harl
By Mark Nankivil
Earlier this year, a friend offered the donation of a large photo collection to the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum. My son Jack and I decided to make it into a vacation trip, and fellow The Aero Experience scribe Fred Harl decided to join us on the adventure.  To make the most of the time we had, a flight out to Sacramento and a drive home with plenty of visits worked out the best.

Our next stop was the Cal Fire tanker base at Paso Robles, and we were excited to see an S-2T on the ramp, an OV-10 in the hangar, and a Neptune Aviation Services BAe-146.  Matt Mihalco, Fire Captain/Air Attack Officer for the base, graciously took us around and even had us sit in on the morning briefing.  A huge thank you to Matt and the staff for making us feel welcome and sharing the start of the day with us.


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