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Gardnerville in Douglas County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Airtanker 130 Is Headed West

 
 
Airtanker 130 Is Headed West Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 25, 2009
1. Airtanker 130 Is Headed West Marker
Inscription.  
From this Valley on 17 June 2002, the crew of Tanker 130, Steven Wass, Craig Labare and Michael Davis answered the call to duty and took wing to fight a horrific fire in the Sierras. For their determination and ultimate sacrifice, we honor their memory.
Airtanker 130 Is Headed West.
Placed by the Carson Valley Sertoma Club

 
Erected 2003 by Carson Valley Sertoma Club.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Heroes.
 
Location. 38° 56.508′ N, 119° 44.883′ W. Marker is in Gardnerville, Nevada, in Douglas County. Marker is on Courthouse Alley north of Eddy Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gardnerville NV 89410, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gardnerville Branch Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Jensen/Schacht House (within shouting distance of this marker); Arendt Jensen Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Jensen Mansion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Adaven Building
Airtanker 130 Is Headed West Marker in Heritage Park image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 25, 2009
2. Airtanker 130 Is Headed West Marker in Heritage Park
(about 400 feet away); The French Hotel and Bar (about 400 feet away); East Fork Hotel Building (about 400 feet away); Arendt Jensen Merchandise (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gardnerville.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on a west-facing boulder in the southwestern corner of Heritage Park.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hundreds Mourn Downed Tanker Crew. The Nevada Appeal's article (6/23/2002) describing the memorial ceremony for the downed tanker crew," ...At the conclusion, a P-3 tanker, No. 00, flew low over the crowd of 350 and headed toward the mountains to the honor guard's announcement, 'Tanker 130 has gone West.'" (Submitted on December 11, 2009.) 

2. 2002 United States airtanker crashes. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on February 23, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
N130HP Tanker 130 circa early 2002 at Union Co. Airport, La Grande, Oregon image. Click for full size.
via Wikipedia, 2002
3. N130HP Tanker 130 circa early 2002 at Union Co. Airport, La Grande, Oregon
In Memory of the crew of Tanker #130: pilot Steve Wass, co-pilot Craig Labare, flight engineer Michael Davis; lost in the line of duty, June 17, 2002, Walker, CA. Their summer home base had been at La Grande, OR.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 10, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,009 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 10, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   2. submitted on December 11, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   3. submitted on February 23, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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