Coulson Aviation secures three-year firefighting contract in Chile

A Coulson Aviation C130 Hercules Large Air Tanker.
Photo Credit: Coulson Aviation

Coulson Aviation has secured a three-year firefighting contract with Chile’s Corporación Nacional Forestal (CONAF).

This new agreement will involve the deployment of a C-130H Hercules Large AirTanker, and a Citation 550 air attack lead plane in partnership with BRYSA.

Furthering Ties with Chile


Britton Coulson, the president and COO of Coulson Aviation, expressed gratitude, stating, “We are honored to continue supporting Chile with our aircraft.”

This contract marks the continuation of Coulson’s successful three-year firefighting efforts in Chile, leveraging the prowess of Boeing CH-47Ds and Lockheed C-130Hs.

The inclusion of the C-130H Hercules Large AirTanker and Citation 550 underlines Coulson’s commitment to bolstering firefighting capabilities in the region.

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C-130H Hercules and Citation 550


Manufactured by Lockheed Martin, the C-130H Hercules stands as a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. With an impressive capacity of 4,000 gallons (15,000 liters), it is celebrated as one of the world’s most powerful aerial firefighting aircraft.

The aircraft’s range, versatility, and suppression ability per drop make it an indispensable asset in tackling wildfires.

The collaboration between the C-130H Hercules and Citation 550 represents a formidable duo in aerial firefighting.

The Citation 550 air attack lead plane plays a pivotal role in coordinating aerial assets during firefighting operations.

Photo Credit: Coulson Aviation

Its speed and maneuverability enable highly trained air attack teams to efficiently direct firefighting helicopters and airplanes from above, ensuring safety, and maximizing operational efficiency.

Operating as the sole aerial firefighting company employing large airtankers with air attack lead aircraft globally, Coulson Aviation takes pride in its innovative approach.

The use of the Citation 550 alongside the C-130H not only enhances coordination but also significantly boosts productivity during firefighting responses.

Coulson’s RADS-XXL System


The C-130H Hercules is role equipped with Coulson’s state-of-the-art 4,000-gallon Retardant Aerial Delivery System (RADS-XXL).

Renowned as the most widely used and highest-volume tanking system for Large AirTankers (LATs) worldwide, the RADS-XXL provides real-time flow rate, superior drop zone coverage, and reduces overall pilot workload.

Cost-Effective and Efficient

Coulson’s RADS-XXL sets itself apart by offering unparalleled efficiency at half the cost and one-sixth the weight of competing systems.

Notably, it requires no additional crew or equipment, ensuring a cost-effective and streamlined firefighting operation. The real-time monitoring capabilities further enhance the precision and effectiveness of aerial firefighting efforts.

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Coulson Aviation has secured a 3-year contract with Chile for deployment of a C-130H Hercules Large Air Tanker, and a Citation 550 lead plane
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