Coulson Aviation Fireliner wins USDA Forest Service contract

Coulson Aviation Press Release | April 3, 2020

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Coulson Aviation U.S.A. has been awarded a multi-year contract with the USDA Forest Service for next generation large air tanker services throughout the United States. The contract beginning in 2020 will see the first Boeing 737, Tanker 137 in operation.

New South Wales Rural Fire Services have a deal in place to purchase a Boeing 737 Fireliner from Coulson Aviation. Derick Heyes Photo
Coulson Aviation is the first in the world to modify Boeing 737s into Fireliners which utilize a new advanced delivery system specifically designed for this application, the RADS-XXL/2. Derick Heyes Photo

Coulson Aviation is the first in the world to modify Boeing 737s into Fireliners which utilize a new advanced delivery system specifically designed for this application, the RADS-XXL/2. To convert a 737 into a Fireliner takes over 43,000-man hours and includes the RADS-XXL/2 installation, avionics upgrades, full strip and re-paint, new interior, and 72 refurbished passenger seats. Once complete, the Fireliner is differentiated from all other next generation large airtankers by its ability to transport firefighters without re-configuration and to fly at maximum speeds and altitudes with a load of retardant and no restrictions.

“This firefighting repurposed Boeing 737 was designed, manufactured and had the installation of the tanking system done in house which is a testament to the creativity of our teams led by Britt Coulson,” said Wayne Coulson, CEO of Coulson Group. “I could not be prouder of our company based on all the dedication, hard work and commitment of teams to design, manufacture, build, operate and maintain this superior air tanker. Both our Lockheed C-130s and Boeing 737 Fireliners played keys roles in saving homes and lives in Australia this past devastating fire season which we are all proud of.”

“The Fireliner is truly the next generation of next generation large airtankers,” said Britt Coulson, president and COO of Coulson Aviation. “The Fireliners are a perfect complement to our C-130s and having a diverse fleet assures our customers always have the right airtanker for the mission.”

Coulson Aviation has over 36 years of experience in aerial fire suppression and the Coulson RADS Firefighting Systems were designed to make firefighting easier, safer and more effective than other systems. We are excited to continue supporting the USDA Forest Service with this essential service during the U.S. fire season.

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  1. Coulson and Conair should just merge already and quit battling each other, British Columbia is on the brink of the worst fire danger in 50 years along with the other western states and provinces we need a large force of equipment to battle these fires

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