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Coulson’s latest Hercules tanker touches down in NSW

written by Jake Nelson | November 27, 2023

Coulson’s Tanker 133 in Thermal, California. (Image: Coulson Aviation)

Aerial firefighting company Coulson Aviation has brought its newest C-130 Hercules tanker to Australia.

Registered N140CG, Tanker 133 – nicknamed Froy – departed California on 24 November, touching down at Richmond, NSW, shortly before 4:30pm on Monday ready for duty with the NSW Rural Fire Service. It is one of five Hercules planes purchased from the Norwegian Air Force in 2019.

“Froy, also known as Tanker 133, is the latest C-130H we have converted using our RADS-XXL 15, 141 Liter Tanking System and will be under contract to the NSW RFS this year. Once it arrives, Tanker 132 will transition to a DFES contract in Western Australia,” CEO Britton Coulson told Australian Aviation.

“Tanker 137, our Boeing 737 FIRELINER is also on its way to Australia and it will start its Federal contract on December 1st as the National Large Airtanker with NAFC.”


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Coulson Australia’s aerial firefighting fleet includes C-130 Hercules tankers, as well as converted Boeing 737s, CH-47 Chinook VLHTs (Very Large HeliTanker), Sikorsky S-61 and S-76 helicopters, Bell 412 helicopters, and Cessna Citation jets.

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