Coulson Aviation Secures C-130H Hercules Airtanker Four-Year Firefighting Contract in Western Australia
Port Alberni, B.C. – Coulson Aviation is excited to announce it has been awarded a four-year firefighting contract with the Western Australia government for a C-130H Hercules Airtanker
The aircraft is already on its way to Australia from the U.S.
Coulson Aviation Australia CEO, Britt Coulson
“Coulson is proud to continue to support Western Australia with our C-130, which will be one of the key assets supporting the rapidly approaching and potentially devastating bushfire season,” said Coulson Aviation Australia CEO Britt Coulson.
“Western Australia is like a second home for this aircraft. It was the first place the airplane fought fire after we converted it and we’re pleased to see it return to its proving grounds.” said Britt.
Built by Lockheed Martin, the C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft.
Coulson purchased the C-130 from the Norwegian military and overhauled and converted it into one of the industry’s premiere large airtankers
It has a capacity of 4,000 gallons (15,000 liters) and is considered one of the world’s most powerful aerial firefighting aircraft due to its range, versatility, and suppression ability per drop.
Western Australia Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson warned last month of an unpredictable and potentially devastating bushfire season with bushland primed with undergrowth as a result of heavy rains and climate change.
Coulson’s C-130H will be based in Busselton, Western Australia, to support fire suppression efforts throughout the season.