During the twentieth century, civil and military aviation has played a prominent role in the history and development of Wyoming. Commercial operators have exploited the advantages offered by aircraft to overcome its unique challenges of geography and climate. By virtue of Wyoming s location in the Western part of the USA, a wide variety of military and commercial aircraft and in particular firebombers, have been based there through the years.
The list of military aircraft types that made up the tapestry of Wyoming aviation is extensive. While many older military aircraft types no longer grace the airspace over Wyoming, a few survivors may be viewed in their former splendor as they stand as gate guards outside the Air and Army National Guard Bases in Cheyenne, or as museum exhibits at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base. The incredible collection of firebombers maintained by D & G Inc., and Hawkins and Powers Aviation at Greybull, as well as the firefighting aircraft flown by Hirth Air Tankers can also be found in Wyoming. This booklet provides a comprehensive guide on the locations to the historic warbirds still serving their country as firefighters, or where they are currently on display in the state.