I suspect most have read about the loss of two pilots in Utah flying very old P-2 Neptune aircraft that had been converted to the role of fire fighting . I don't have any info on why the plane went down but I suspect age may have been a factor. A second P-2 Neptune made a landing without one of the main gear not fully extended severely damaging that airplane but the crew was ok. The P-2 Neptune's were old when I enlisted in the Navy in the late 60's with most being replaced already although a few remained in service until later. These were post WWII technology airplanes. I have to wonder just how we as a country can spend over 8 billion dollars a year on TSA yet can't afford a modern fleet of fire fighting aircraft so firefighters can have the tools they need to fight major forest fires like the one currently burning in Utah. Last I read there were nine flyable P-2 Neptune airplanes in the fire fighting fleet, now reduced to seven. What happens when the remaining museum pieces can no longer be coaxed into the air?