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Neptune Aviation Engine Featured In Disney's Planes Movie

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As we roll into fire season, you may hear the familiar roar of a plane carrying smoke jumpers, not in the sky, but on the big screen. The sound of Neptune Aviation’s P2V engines landed a starring role in Disney's new film, "Planes: Fire and Rescue."

The sound of the engine is being used on the character Cabbie, an ex-military transport plane and the main antagonist of the film. The character has more than the sound of its engine in common with Neptune Aviation's P2V; they share the same background.

"P2V Neptune’s are former military aircrafts. They were used in sub-hunting, it was an ocean patrol airplane," said Neptune Aviation’s Chief Operating Officer, Dan Snyder.

The P2V's retired as military planes in 1960's and 70's. For the last 20 years Neptune Aviation has been using them to fight wildfires.

"We've fought fires in 27 different states, in California all the way to the Carolina's, and everywhere in between," Snyder said.

Currently Neptune Aviation planes are out fighting fires, six of these planes are P2V's.

"You’re right now in the tanker hanger, where we do all the tanker maintenance,” Snyder said.

Part of that maintenance includes engine overhaul, when the parts are taken apart and inspected.

"We start with an engine, tear it down to nothing, and put it back together again," said Bill Gocksch with Neptune Aviation.

Gocksch, who oversees the overhauls, said the company does about five per-year, and once they’re done the engines are ready to go.

"It'll get a fresh set of cylinders all around it, and be ran just as the engine you saw in the video,”Gockschh said.

Neptune Aviation officials said they're proud to hear one of their engines loud and clear in the new feature film.

"Honestly the average person won't even know we're in the film, but for us as a company it's nice to get the recognition,” Snyder said.

The plane featured in the film is currently fighting wild land fires in California. You can hear the noise of its engine at its finest when “Planes: Fires and Rescue” hits theaters this Friday.

 

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