Remarks: Impressive line up of three of Aero Union's firefighting Orions, in the operator's smart livery. Sadly, the aircraft closest to the camera, N926AU, crashed a year after I took this photo, killing the three crew.
Remarks: A surprise and very welcome find at Aero Union's home base of Chico, was this ex-Reeve Aleutian Electra, still in their full colours, but about to be converted to a firebomber for Air Spray in Canada, by Aero Union. See also my other photo of this aircraft, taken after conversion and repainting, at Red Deer in September 2005. Then see other people's later photos of the aircraft, repainted again.