Call Palmer FSS 745-2495 (during normal business hours) I bet they would know. Ask for a weather report at the same time so they can get "credit" for you call.
You read my mind Emoss, I saw this plane over my place often and wondered the same thing. I've never seen this particular airplane until this year. I agree it is a cool sounding plane going overhead...but I like it just fine at the elevation it passes overhead..LOL, I get enough "tower buzzing" already between the local boys and the military...
Where ever it is going you better enjoy it, you are seeing something that will soon be gone. Get an aviation scanner or hand held radio and listen. You could just ask them. Palmer is a hub for firefighting.
It flys directly over Alexander Creek almost Daily so I would venture to say McGrath, know a guy that flies one to Bethal too.
That looks a great deal like a Con Air DC 6 Air tanker. My guess is it came off the Palmer Tankerbase enroute to a fire out West, and that if additional loads are needed they will turn around at the McGrath Base. The current Alaska DOF tanker contract is for a 580 turboprop but up until a few seasons ago Alaska used DC 6 from Con Air. The DC 6 still fills in.
It's not quite possible to be certain if that bird carries a belly tank or if the number 46 or 51 is on the vertical stabilizer. Those would be sure clues it's an Airtanker enroute to make some grungy firefighter with a radio very happy.
Anyone remember the KC 97 which operated off Palmer until around 2002? That old beast carried a lot of "mud" and used all the runway. On takeoff the big beast would be clawing for air as everyone on the ramp watched for a cloud of red indicating an emergency jettison. Those four row radials had their issues and the "Aluminum Overcast" did six engine swaps that year. Bet they wished they were operating the reliable R 2800 engines that the DC 6 uses!
I remember another aircraft flying out of Palmer that might have been that KC 97, but I can't be sure. It sure rumbled through here! I'd call it the Harley Davidson of the sky!
Awesome, thanks Guys- I knew I could count on you guys for good info
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The smoke jumpers that work out of Ft. Wainwright have 2 of these they use as well you can see them parked on the east side of the runway
I would suspect that aircraft is flying a cargo run for someone. Definitely not a firefighting aircraft.
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May be one of those that used to fly avgas to us at Paintr Creek Lodge down near Port Heiden . . . . .
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Cargo door looks like it might let the mosquitoes in.
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