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This page includes CDF airframes registered with odd N-numbers. These aircraft are:

FAA       MANUF.          BUREAU    CDF      ASSIGNED BASE
REG.      NO.             NO.       NO.


N401DF    305-120M-66     155457    A-310    Hemet, CA
N403DF    305-148M-78     155467    A-240    Redding, CA
N407DF    305-164M-86     155475    A-430    Fresno, CA
N409DF    305-18M-12      155401    A-330    Ramona, CA
N413DF    305-20M-13      155402    A-120    Rohnerville, CA
N415DF    305-68M-38      155427
N419DF    305-104M-56     155445    A-410    Porterville, CA 
N421DF    305-206M-107    155496
N429DF    305-17M-11      155400

Quick note: there are also a few pictures of N403DF available via the Models page, in the background of a picture of a scale model of the plane.

CDF ODD Registrations CDF Home CDF EVEN Registrations
N401DF   N403DF   N407DF
N409DF   N413DF   N415DF
N419DF   N421DF   N429DF
N685   N91LM   N93LM
N95LM   N97LM
Unknown Numbers
CDF Bronco News
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N400DF   N402DF   N408DF
N410DF   N414DF   N418DF
N430DF   N646   N94LM


  Group: CDF070     Description: Scott Richey's CDF visit - N403DF
Scott Richey's visit to the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base at Mather Airport in Sacramento, CA - N403DF
 
ID: 116 GROUP: CDF070 - 01
PIC 1 Small W=489  H=326   66KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_n403df_nose_right_richey_cdf1.jpg
PIC 2 Large W=982  H=655   115KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_n403df_nose_right_richey_cdf1_big.jpg
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A CDF 24, N403DF
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
Right front fuselage. Photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA by Scott Richey.

CDF OV-10A
ID: 117 GROUP: CDF070 - 02
PIC 1 (No Description) W=731  H=511   43KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_n403df_under_right_wing_root_richey_cdf2.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A CDF 24, N403DF
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE June 5, 1995 LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
Right rear fuselage. Photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA by Scott Richey.

CDF OV-10A N403DF
ID: 118 GROUP: CDF070 - 03
PIC 1 (No Description) W=541  H=380   57KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_n403df_right_tailboom_richey_cdf3.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A CDF 24, N403DF
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
Right boom. Photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA by Scott Richey.

CDF OV-10A N403DF
ID: 119 GROUP: CDF070 - 04
PIC 1 (No Description) W=532  H=375   66KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_n403df_right_engine_richey_cdf4.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A CDF 24, N403DF
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
Here is a front view of right prop and engine nacelle and Ron Strong. Photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA by Scott Richey.

CDF OV-10A
ID: 120 GROUP: CDF070 - 05
PIC 1 (No Description) W=365  H=256   45KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_n403df_rear_fuse_richey_cdf5.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A CDF 24, N403DF
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
Rear of fuselage and right main gear. Photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA by Scott Richey.

CDF OV-10A
ID: 121 GROUP: CDF070 - 06
PIC 1 (No Description) W=505  H=727   62KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_n403df_right_main_gear_richey_cdf6.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A CDF 24, N403DF
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
Close-up of right main gear. Photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA by Scott Richey.

ID: 122 GROUP: CDF070 - 07
PIC 1 Small W=255  H=360   43KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_n403df_right_gear_rear_detail_richey_cdf7.jpg
PIC 2 Large W=509  H=719   87KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_n403df_right_gear_rear_detail_richey_cdf7_big.jpg
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A CDF 24, N403DF
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
Interior of right main gear bay. Photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA by Scott Richey.

CDF OV-10A N403DF
ID: 123 GROUP: CDF070 - 08
PIC 1 (No Description) W=507  H=733   52KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_n403df_fuse_aux_fuel_tank_a_richey_cdf8.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A CDF 24, N403DF
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
Interior of fuselage with auxiliary fuel tank installed. Photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA by Scott Richey.

ID: 124 GROUP: CDF070 - 09
PIC 1 Small W=550  H=336   87KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_n403df_in_shop_left_cowl_open_richey_cdf9.jpg
PIC 2 Large W=1350  H=825   303KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_n403df_in_shop_left_cowl_open_richey_cdf9_big.jpg
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A CDF 24, N403DF
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
This OV-10A is CDF Number 24, registered as N403DF. This is a good shot of the left side cowling opened for maintenance. This photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA by Scott Richey.

ID: 125 GROUP: CDF070 - 10
PIC 1 Small W=450  H=342   80KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_n403df_front_cockpit_richey_cdf10.jpg
PIC 2 Large W=1348  H=1023   373KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_n403df_front_cockpit_richey_cdf10_big.jpg
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A CDF 24, N403DF
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
Here is a good shot of the front office of OV-10A N403DF, CDF Number 24. Notice that the heads-up display that is normally mounted at the top of the windshield frame has been removed. Photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA by Scott Richey.

ID: 126 GROUP: CDF070 - 11
PIC 1 Small W=488  H=341   41KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_n403df_front_panel_closeup_richey_cdf11.jpg
PIC 2 Large W=1465  H=1023   174KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_n403df_front_panel_closeup_richey_cdf11_big.jpg
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A CDF 24, N403DF
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
This is an excellent detail shot of the instrument panel of CDF OV-10A Number 24, registered as N403DF. This photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA by Scott Richey.

ID: 127 GROUP: CDF070 - 12
PIC 1 Small W=392  H=322   25KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_n403df_engine_on_test_stand_richey_cdf12.jpg
PIC 2 Large W=1177  H=966   113KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_n403df_engine_on_test_stand_richey_cdf12_big.jpg
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Probably CDF 24, N403DF
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
This the engine of an OV-10A, almost certainly from N403DF, on a stand for maintenance. OV-10s were known for being easy aircraft to change the engines on, in fact NASA has taken advantage of this ability to facilitate research into engine noise. Photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA by Scott Richey.

  Group: CDF080     Description: Scott Richey's CDF visit - N407DF
Scott Richey's visit to the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base at Mather Airport in Sacramento, CA - RAMP - N407DF
 
CDF OV-10A N407DF
ID: 109 GROUP: CDF080 - 01
PIC 1 (No Description) W=719  H=293   76KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_n407df_before_conversion_richey_ramp1.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A N407DF
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
Scott Richey sent us a whole bunch of great pictures of some CDF Broncos (A models) that he caught while on the ramp and in the shop for maintenance. All you aspiring Bronco photographers out there, take note - these are the sort of pictures that really stand out... lots of rarely-seen, clear details. Thanks Scott!! :) This is a side view of CDF OV-10A N407DF waiting for a complete rework. This photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA.

CDF OV-10A N407DF
ID: 110 GROUP: CDF080 - 02
PIC 1 (No Description) W=481  H=209   40KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_n407df_before_conversion_richey_ramp2.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A N407DF
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
Here is a better shot of the above OV-10A. Photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA by Scott Richey.

ID: 111 GROUP: CDF080 - 03
PIC 1 Small W=541  H=380   69KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_before_conversion_right_nose_richey_ramp4.jpg
PIC 2 Large W=1082  H=759   203KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_before_conversion_right_nose_richey_ramp4_big.jpg
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Probably N407DF
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
Right fuselage and canopy of CDF OV-10A. Photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA by Scott Richey.

CDF OV-10A
ID: 112 GROUP: CDF080 - 04
PIC 1 (No Description) W=480  H=333   44KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_right_inner_boom_rivets_richey_ramp5.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Probably N407DF
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
Details of inside of the right boom. Photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA by Scott Richey.

ID: 113 GROUP: CDF080 - 05
PIC 1 Small W=267  H=400   31KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_rudder_stab_details_richey_ramp6.jpg
PIC 2 Large W=953  H=1429   274KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_rudder_stab_details_richey_ramp6_big.jpg
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Probably N407DF
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
This is a detail shot of the underside of the horizontal stabilizer and rudder. Photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA by Scott Richey.

ID: 114 GROUP: CDF080 - 06
PIC 1 Small W=479  H=341   49KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_fin_base_details_richey_ramp7.jpg
PIC 2 Large W=1437  H=1023   237KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_fin_base_details_richey_ramp7_big.jpg
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Probably N407DF
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
Detail of vertical stabilizer and boom, controls, hinge, and the boom end. Photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA by Scott Richey.

CDF OV-10A
ID: 115 GROUP: CDF080 - 07
PIC 1 (No Description) W=595  H=375   67KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_right_side_from_front_richey_ramp8.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Probably N407DF
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
Shot of the right engine and prop area. Photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA by Scott Richey.

 
DF OV-10A N401DF
ID: 106 GROUP: None
PIC 1 (No Description) W=545  H=300   15KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_n401df_flying_1.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A N401DF, BLM 31 (now BLM 310), probably BuNo 155457
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION Unknown
SENT BY Associated Airtanker Pilots' website PHOTO BY Unknown
WEB URL http://airtanker.com/aap/photo.htm
POSTED 1998
         
This aircraft is owned by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) and is a firefighting lead / spotter plane in the air attack role. According to the CDF Aerial Firefighting page they now own 5 OV-10s and will acquire 8 more in the next few years as Cessna O-2s are phased out. The excellent photo above was found on the Associated Airtanker Pilots' neat firefighting aircraft photo gallery, specifically at the URL http://airtanker.com/aap/ov10.htm. Incidentally, this is the same photo that is found (in black & white) in the back of the Squadron-Signal book.

ID: 107 GROUP: None
PIC 1 Small W=320  H=240   28KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_n401df_formation_with_s2s_burin_cdf457.jpg
PIC 2 Large W=640  H=480   107KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_n401df_formation_with_s2s_burin_cdf457_big.jpg
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A N401DF, BLM 31 (now BLM 310), probably BuNo 155457
A/C 2 S-2A Unknown
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION Unknown
SENT BY Chuck Burin PHOTO BY Unknown
WEB URL N/A
POSTED 1998
         
Bronco guru Chuck Burin also sent this excellent shot of a CDF OV-10A (Civil registration number N401DF), in formation with two S-2 firebombers. I believe that this aircraft was formerly USMC aircraft 155457.

CDF OV-10A N401DF (?)
ID: 108 GROUP: None
PIC 1 (No Description) W=525  H=362   28KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_n401df_on_ramp_with_s2a_1.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A N401DF, BLM 31 (now BLM 310), probably BuNo 155457
A/C 2 S-2A Unknown
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION California
SENT BY Fire Hogs Website PHOTO BY Unknown
WEB URL http://www.firehogs.com/photos/cdftkrs.shtml
POSTED April 1998
         
This is CDF aircraft N401DF on the ramp. Notice the nose number is 310 in this photo, whereas it is 31 in others. A CDF air attack officer at the Redding Air Attack Base in Northern California, John S. Watt, tells us why: Our original air attack aircraft numbering scheme used two digits. So the primary aircraft out of a base would be "Air Attack 24" and secondary, call-when-needed aircraft would be 121, 122, etc. So now we use a three digit identifier to identify the primary air attack coordinator for conformity, i.e., Air Attack 240, 210, 120, 110 etc. The aircraft in your photos are the same; 31 became 310. This picture was found at the FireHogs site (A proposal to convert retired A-10 Warthogs to firebombers!!) at the URL http://www.firehogs.com/photos/cdftkrs.shtml

 

 
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