Coulson’s L-382G, a civilian version of Lockheed’s C-130, has received an air tanker contract in New South Wales, Australia, according to a report on the company’s Facebook page. Tanker 132 is due to start there on September 1, so they are prepping it now for the overseas flight. They expect to have it in Sydney in the last week of August.
Coulson says the aircraft has their latest Coulson SMART 4,400-gallon retardant tank system.
Last week Coulson’s Tanker 132, a Lockheed L-382G, went through the grid testing procedure, which involves dropping loads of retardant into a grid of hundreds of cups placed on stakes. Then the amount of retardant in each cup is measured to determine if the pattern across the grid meets the standards of the Interagency AirTanker Board.
An L-382G, also known as an L-100-30, is a civilian version of a Lockheed C-130, which has been stretched about 15 feet compared to the L-100.
The aircraft will eventually receive a “wrap” that will look like a fancy paint job, similar to the one on T-131.