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Coulson Nabs 10Y USFS Tanker Contract

Firefighter Sees $7.2B Contract to Operate, Service C-130H and B737 FireLiner

Aerial firefighting specialist Coulson Aviation has gotten a contract from the US Forest Service for a full decade of operation and maintenance, preventing and containing wildfires with the firm's trademark 737 FireLiner aircraft.

The FireLiner is Coulson's in-house, STC'd Boeing specialist and their biggest claim to fame. The converted aircraft offer a high-speed, high-throughput tool to douse fires before they conflagrate. The FireLiner is the result of 40,000+ hours of work in reaching operational compliance, an aircraft that can use its full performance envelope and transport personnel to the site without traditional restrictions. The 737 won't be the only one on the job for the Forest Service, though, as Coulson's C-130H will be lending its services to the cause. The Hercules has all the same legendary traits it always has, being able to fly out of small backcountry runways and pack in vital firefighting infrastructure. Both aircraft boast Coulson's bespoke Retardant Aerial Delivery System, the "most widely used, highest-volume, 4,000 USG tanking systems operating around the globe." The system enables operation with a smaller crew than older drop systems thanks to a higher degree of automation, allowing for better drop zone coverage and efficient flow.

“Coulson is honored to continue to provide our services in support of the U.S. Forest Service. Our crew members are incredibly skilled, efficient, and operate aircraft second to none,” said Britton Coulson, President and COO, Coulson Aviation. “We have over 60 years of experience with aerial support operations and look forward to being a part of the group selected by the USFS to aid fire suppression in the years ahead.”



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