Thursday, August 9, 2018

Photos by Chris Deverell and Jamie Ausk Crisafulli

The P-2 Neptune Tanker 05 arrived at the Dawson County Airport at approximately 12:45 p.m. on Monday afternoon. An enthusiastic crowd was on hand to greet the aircraft and crew members and they were not disappointed as the plane did several flyovers before it landed for the last time. The plane has a 100-foot wingspan and is 78 feet long. It was first used by the United States Navy and was later used as an airtanker to fight fires. The plane was donated by Neptune Aviation and will be on static display at the Dawson County Airport. “It needs to be mentioned that Glendive’s public‘s reaction to Tanker 05’s arrival has completely floored the folks at Neptune Aviation; they are thrilled that she has found such a good home and they are pleasantly surprised that she was received with so much enthusiasm. They never expected such an incredible show of support,” Airport Board member Craig Stebbins noted in a Facebook post.

Photos from above: Tanker 05 taxied through a water cannon display courtesy of the West Glendive Fire Department before it parked before the waiting crowd. First Officer Wayne Bailey helps Jake Wade into the plane before giving a tour. Many people made their way up the hill to the Dawson County Airport to see the Neptune make its final landing. See more photos at