April 8, 2018 -- Fire Bomber
This Convair PB4Y-2 was delivered to the U.S. Navy as a patrol bomber in December 1946. In 1959, it was sold to a civilian firm and converted to a Fire Bomber use by Forestry Service contractors for forest fire containment in the western United States, according to a placard in the museum.
The Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer is a World War II and Korean War era patrol bomber of the United States Navy derived from the Consolidated B-24 Liberator. The Privateer was externally similar to the B-24 Liberator, but the fuselage was longer to accommodate a flight engineer's station and had a tall single vertical stabilizer rather than the B-24's twin tail configuration. A fully ‘navalized’ design of the B-24 was desired and Consolidated developed a dedicated long-range patrol bomber in 1943, designating it as PB4Y-2 Privateer.