A restored B-17 bomber will visit Santa Barbara from April 23 to 25 during a 60-city “Salute to Veterans” national tour.  It’s one of two Flying Fortresses scheduled to land on the Central Coast this spring. The other will arrive in Santa Maria in May. During its Santa Barbara visit, “Aluminum Overcast,” the Experimental Aircraft […]

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By Julian J. Ramos/Staff Writer jramos@santamariatimes.com | Wednesday, April 14, 2010  A Russian-made firefighting tanker drops water Tuesday during a test over the Santa Maria Public Airport.  A Russian air tanker made its first water drop on American soil Tuesday in a demonstration flight at the Santa Maria Public Airport. Carrying 3,000 gallons of water, […]

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Santa Maria City firefighter Shane Gidlund takes a photo of the Be-200. The Russian air tanker, known as the Altair, landed Wednesday at the Santa Maria Public Airport for a week-long visit. Below, Russian crew members unload their luggage. An amphibious aircraft being touted as possibly the future of aerial firefighting in America landed Wednesday […]

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