On May 13, 2009 I was able to visit
the Marsh Aviation facility at Falcon Field in Mesa, AZ. Ed Allen and
others at Marsh were most gracious in letting me take photos and answering my
questions about the Trackers they have in their storage yard. Hopefully at
some point in time the aircraft pictured below will have the opportunity to fly
again as Marsh Turbo Trackers, just as the 23 that they have already made for
Cal Fire. To my knowledge this is the only website that fully documents
all of the aircraft currently at Marsh Aviation.
Below is a grid that shows the
location of each of the aircraft in the Marsh Aviation Storage Lot.
N147MA (This is not a valid FAA registration number for this aircraft)
N746MA CDF #155
N613MA CDF #180
Aircraft are listed in order by Navy
136613: N613MA CDF
Tanker 180 N428DF was previously painted on the aircraft. This
is a prototype Turbo Tracker.
136665: N665MA #13
This is located third from the south end of the east row.
The big white container in the foreground is a
retardant tank. The cutaway is where the entrance door is on the starboard
side of the aircraft.
136666: N5830H #14
This is the southern most Tracker in the middle row of five aircraft.
136668: N5830D No
nose Number This S2F the most southerly aircraft on the east row.
136723: N327MA #32
This is located fourth from the south end of the east row.
136724: N724MA No
Number This is located second from the south end of the east row.
136729: N729MA No
Number This is located second from the north end of the east row.
By process of elimination based on information given to my by the fine people at
Marsh Aviation I have determined that this is 136729, even though it has been
completely stripped of paint and markings.
136736: N736MA CDF #154
This is located at the north end of the middle row.
136737: N773MA #40
This is the northern most aircraft in the west row of two. You are
looking south in the photo below.
This Tracker is located just inside the main gate to the west. It is
on the south side of the compound. The wall behind the S2F was just
completed before my arrival in May.
You are looking east in the photo below.
136743: N743MA #44
This is the southern most aircraft of two that make up the west row.
You are looking north in the photo below. The left engine is missing.
N746MA #155 This is another Marsh Turbo Tracker
prototype. This located 2nd from the north in the middle row. Both
engines are missing.
147531: N147MA (This is not a
valid FAA registration number for this aircraft) #26
151667: N667MA #24 This is
located number two from the south in the middle row. The number "1S756" is
the former MASDC/AMARC identification number.
This is located on both side of the vertical stabilizer. Along with no
engines the rudder is also missing from this aircraft.
136613: N613MA CDF Tanker 180
N428DF was previously painted on the aircraft. This is the prototype
Other photos of the Marsh Yard:
These are the two in the west row.
Stocking up on outer wing sections from Australia.
Old Wright 1820 Engines.
The middle row of five Trackers looking north.
Old sonobouy launcher tubes.
These are fire extinguisher canisters. There
is one installed for each engine.
Wheels. These are becoming hard to obtain and
may be worth their weight in gold.
Mad Booms sitting in front of one of the two HU-16s
on the site.
The east row of six Trackers.
This radome has the radar unit still inside.