July 1987 by John and Connie Hirth
Hirth Air Tankers, a relatively new entity and small company in the aerial firefighting field, has primarily worked on short-term contracts. Hirth Air Tankers is prepared to take on any project compatible with its size and capabilities. Hirth Air Tankers is the last commercial operator of the Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon, one of the last World War II era aircraft being used for aerial firefighting. The company is possibly the only private contractor and air tanker base operator in the U. S. using a medium twin-engine airtanker, the PV-2. Lockheed PV-2 Harpoons are forerunners of the P-2V Neptune.
South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wyoming
FLEET: (Types of aircraft)
Two PV-2s airtankers, two PV-2 sprayers, two PV-2s in storage or rebuild, one Grumman American G164B-600 Ag-Cat single engine airtanker.
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