The assets of one of the oldest aerial fire fighting contract companies in the United States are up for sale. Hawkins and Powers Aviation Inc. of Greybull, Wyo., has gone out of business, selling all its assets to the Great American Group, which in turn is selling them to the highest bidder.
Hawkins and Powers Aviation was established in 1969. Over the years co-owners Dan Hawkins and Gene Powers provided tanker aircraft to the Forest Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture for fire fighting and reseeding services.
The company had a good safety record until June 2002, when there were two high-profile fatal crashes. Both were blamed on airframe fatigue. The Forest Service and USDA then looked for other options for aerial attack. Some 60 vintage aircraft, including Lockheed C-130As, Consolidated PB-4Ys, Fairchild C-119s and a Fairchild C-82, are up for sale. Also on the block are tools, spare parts, hangar space, radios and firefighting equipment.
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