Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer

N????? Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer 4 engines Hawkins Powers Aviation .This one had been sitting at YZT for a number of years.The number M6800 is seen on rear fuselage. 24 September 1980 Suspect it had been used in forest fire suppression in Alaska , as that’s what Hawkins Powers did in Wyoming, USA

Except for my 4 pictures (# 259, 260, 261, 262) all the following taken from Free Wikipedia

Was originally built for use as “long range patrol a/c" for use by the USA in WWII and the Korean War.The design was based on the B-24 Liberator ; modifications included a longer fusedlage and a single verical stabilizer-rudder vs the B-24’s 2 rudders.

P4Y-2 Tanker 123 BuNo 66260 (N7620C), of Hawkins & Powers in service supporting the CDF, at Chester Air Attack Base in the late 1990s—crashed 18 July 2002. A limited number of refitted PB4Ys continued in civilian service as airtankers, dropping fire retardant on forest fires throughout the western United States. On 18 July 2002, one such refitted PB4Y, BuNo 66260 (seen in picture to right) operated by Hawkins and Powers Aviation of GreybullWyoming, broke up in flight while fighting a wildfire near Rocky Mountain National Park. Both crew members were killed in the accident, and the Federal Aviation Administrationtemporarily grounded all large air tankers in the region.[7]Following the accident, all remaining Privateers were retired. (See 2002 airtanker crashes.)