Posted by Jack
Because of what I was watching at the airport these last few weeks I thought this painting was timely.
It is a P2v Neptune, twin engine radial with auxiliary jet engines during climb outs. That’s a jet engine hanging under the left wing. A lot of P2’s were surplused out in the 80’s and converted to air tankers for firefighting. It’s a solid airframe and it already had bomb-bay doors which made it a fairly easy conversion. They are now being taken out of service for good, just too old and too many landings…
UPDATE: I was at the airport today and would you believe it, there was air tanker 14 just like in the painting. This is weird, 14 is a plane that just went into retirement, the pilot just went into retirement and the painting was of course done by me in retirement. I had not seen the air tanker until today.