Hutch Man Buys Plane to Benefit State During Wildfires

Hutch Man Buys Plane to Benefit State During Wildfires

A 1958 U.S. Navy plane, once used to spot enemy submarines, will now serve as the newest asset for Kansas wildland fires. The privately-owned twin-engine recently arrived at the Hutchinson Regional Airport from a Nevada museum. Stripped of its paint and with exposed wires, Bill Garrison’s Grumman S-2 Tracker looks like a death trap. But

A 1958 U.S. Navy plane, once used to spot enemy submarines, will now serve as the newest asset for Kansas wildland fires.

The privately-owned twin-engine recently arrived at the Hutchinson Regional Airport from a Nevada museum.

Stripped of its paint and with exposed wires, Bill Garrison’s Grumman S-2 Tracker looks like a death trap. But the 56-year-old owner of Ag Air Service said the bones are solid since the plane underwent regular maintenance while fighting fires for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Plus, the wires are only exposed until maintenance is finished this fall.

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