A portable air tanker reloading base at Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory was used recently for the first time. Christening the new facility was Conair’s Tanker 166, an RJ85 from Canada that is spending the Northern Hemisphere winter down under. T-166’s main base this summer is Richmond (near Sydney).
The aircraft was working on a wildfire near Michelago, New South Wales (map).
A total of six large air tankers from North America have been working in Australia during their 2018-2019 summer. Three other tankers with their primary base at Richmond include a 737 (T-137), a C-130Q (T-134), and another RJ85 (T-165). And based at Avalon airport in Melbourne, a C-130Q (T-131), and an RJ85 (T-163).
Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Isaac.
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