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C-130 News: Coulson to convert a second air tanker

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Coulson Aviation (USA) Inc. of Oregon announced today that they have acquired a second aircraft which they will convert into an air tanker. Formerly operated for a number of years by Alaska-based Lynden Air Cargo, the Lockheed L-382G is the civilian version of a C-130E.

Wayne Coulson, the Chief Executive Officer of the company, said they will install a 4,800 USG Coulson RADS XXL tank into the aircraft beginning in November of this year.

Coulson Aviation has been operating Tanker 131, C-130Q N130FF c/n [cn]4901[/cn] which is similar to a C-130H, since August of 2013. The tank in T-131 can hold almost 4,000 gallons; their average load this year has been 3,700 gallons.

Mr. Coulson said:

It is our understanding that the USFS will have a “Next Generation II†Air tanker bid opportunity in the fourth quarter of 2014, and we want to be ready to participate in the bid process. Our current C-130Q firefighting aircraft has been performing extremely well, and both the aircraft and the 4,000 USG RADS XL tanking system have exceeded expectations.

View original Article: http://fireaviation.com/2014/08/14/coulson-to-convert-a-second-air-tanker/

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Casey,

My guess is 4590. I think that's the one they parked in the desert a few months ago.

Don R.

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4590 is still flying around the world. Coulson didn't buy one of Lynden's planes. It appears they are in to the fire bombing together somehow. Saw them this year on several fires and they had Lynden maintenance guys with them.

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I heard it's a lease...might be 404

Ernie,

That's some pretty major structural work for a lease. I emailed Chris L. about it, but he's notorious for not replying.

Don R.

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