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"Retired" Neptune firefighting planes pressed back into service

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MISSOULA - Neptune Aviation's legendary P2V tankers have responded to a deadly firestorm engulfing Northern California just a week out of retirement.

Missoula-based Neptune Aviation stated their Tanker 5 and Tanker 14 aircraft  have been reactivated.  Those P2Vs along with BAE Tankers 2 and 3 are being dispatched to what they call "horrific blazes."

It's already been an incredibly busy fire season for Neptune's "next gen" jet tankers. And it was just a week ago the company held a retirement celebration for the venerable prop driven P-2 tankers, which had been the workhorses of the company's fleet for the past 25-years. 

It was called a "bittersweet moment".

But now, with thousands of acres burning in what some are calling one of the worst firestorms in recent California history, the P2Vs are joining Neptune's jets, which are already flying missions over the inferno in the California wine country. 

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