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S-2A making a water drop. The airtanker is painted in the original green and orange color scheme of Cal Fire.

The S-2A is an airtanker aircraft used in fighting wildland fires. The S-2A was operated by Cal Fire. It has been replaced by the upgraded S-2T airtanker.

The S-2A is a former anti-submarine warfare airplane used by the United States Navy. They were purchased as surplus and converted for use in aerial firefighting. The first S-2A was used in 1973 and the final was phased out in 2005.

  • Manufacturer: Grumman Aerospace
  • Crew: 1 pilot
  • Payload: 800 gallons (3,028 ) fire retardant
  • Gross Weight: 27,000 pounds (12,200 kg)
  • Max. Operating Speed: 295 mph (313 kph)
  • Range: Loaded: 800 miles/Empty: 1,000 miles (1,280 km/1,600 km)
  • Wing Span: 70 feet (21.3 m)
  • Endurance: 4.5 hours
  • Engines: Two Wright R-1820-82, 9 cylinder radials (1,500 horsepower each)

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