A Lockheed Hercules firefighting air tanker has arrived at RAAF Base Richmond ahead of entering service with the NSW Rural Fire Service.
The stretched L-100-30 (model 382G) Hercules, registered N405LC to Lynden Air Cargo and on contract from Coulson Flying Tankers of Portland, Oregon, arrived at Brisbane Airport on Sunday afternoon.
After an overnight, it then headed to RAAF Base Richmond on Monday morning.
The contact with the NSW Rural Fire Service is due to begin on September 1, according to a post on Coulson Flying Tankers’ Facebook page.
N405LC is the larger sistership to C-130Q Hercules air tanker N130FF which operated in Australia during last summer’s bushfire season under contract with the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries.
The NSW Rural Fire Service has been contacted for further information.