Neptune Aviation retires firefighting planes

MISSOULA – Neptune Aviation’s venerable P-2-V tankers have flown missions over thousands of wildfires, providing safety not only in the Northern Rockies but all over North America for the past quarter of a century.

The distinctive workhorses are now being retired at the end of this long and volatile fire season.

When Neptune Aviation was founded in 1993, it’s fleet included half-a-dozen of the durable P-2-V tankers that had been based in New Mexico.When Neptune moved operations to Missoula, the P-2-Vs came along, forming the backbone of the company’s fleet.