Have you ever seen the movie, “Always”? It stars Richard Dreyfuss, and, honestly, it ranks right up there in my Favorite Movies List. Hey, it’s also got John Goodman for laughs and Audrey Hepburn for class… you might want to find it some rainy day!
The story is about wild land firefighters… the aerial guys who fly the big old World War II tankers as slurry bombers. Back in the day… the real life guys who defined that role was Hawkins And Powers out of Greybull, Wyoming. Those old orange tailed bombers flew everywhere. They closed up shop in 2005, but a few of the old girls are parked along a fence with a tiny museum, opening in a few weeks for the summer season. Since it’s right next to the rest stop on our way to Cody or Billings… we always stop!
All the planes away from the fence aren’t available for public viewing… and there are many!
Check out the Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting, and RuudLeeuw.com for some great photos of the planes off in the distance in the boneyard. If you’re into history, firefighting, airplanes, or brave men… this is the place for you!