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  • Dave Homewood
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    • Mar 2004
    • 5648

    Hercules "Thor"

    The latest Wings Over New Zealand Show is available now, Episode 107 - THOR.

    In this Wings Over Australia episode Dave Homewood and James Kightly chat with pilots Tim Martin and Rickey Rau, the pilots who fly Coulson Aviations amazing civil Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules Thor, N405LC. This Hercules is fitted with a state of the art fire retardant dropping system for attacking and extinguishing forest, bush and grass fires.

    Thor and other North American-based Coulson Group aircraft, including another C-130, N130FF and actually named Hercules, have recently become familiar sights in Australian skies during the summer seasons as they are regularly contracted to spend the hot, dry months in Australia to fight the devastating bush fires as some of the biggest Large Air Tanker (LAT) fire fighting aircraft down under.

    Dave and James were invited aboard by Tim and Rickey at Albury Airport in New South Wales and they agreed to an impromptu cockpit interview for the WOA / WONZ Show, which turned out to be really fascinating indeed. If youve ever wondered what its like to fly LAT aerial attack on a bush- or wildfire in North America or Australia, heres an insight. We find out what some of the challenges are flying in hot, flat Australia against the more mountainous territory up over, among many other fascinating aspects of a very different flying job.

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  • Larry66
    Hangar bout lad!
    • Oct 2005
    • 498

    Fantastic plane!
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