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Aerial Firefighting Demonstration Avalon Airshow 2015

During the 2015 Australian International Airshow, the Friday night show was quite unique.
On show where some of the aerial firefighting assets that were in the country hired out at the disposal of the Victorian and New South Wales state governments to help fight any major fire that may threaten in the Australian region during the bushfire season.
On display was the Rockwell Aero Commander, operated by AGAIR Logistics as ‘Birddog376’, used as a support and supervision aircraft for Large Tanker Operations.
Lockheed C-130Q Hercules of Coulson Aviation, ‘Bomber390’ which can hold up to 15,000 litres of retardant, along with Conair’s British Aerospace Avro RJ85 ‘Bomber162’, which is a converted BAE-146 airliner, which can hold an impressive 11,000 litres of retardant, both of which are contracted out by the Victorian State Government, showed the Avalon crowd what it takes to operate these large aircraft at low level to help stamp out any fire threats.

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