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Coulson Group Converting 737-300s into Firefighting Tankers

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The Coulson Group purchased six Boeing 737-300s formerly operated by Southwest Airlines to be converted into firefighting tankers, a new role for the already versatile 'Baby Boeing.' (www.bizjournals.com) More...

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SmokedChops
SmokedChops 5
There are enough of these on the market right now, that many more conversions could follow. I am curious to know the FAA's role in determining how many sub-variants of a particular airframe is 'too many'for one carrier to use. [claimed reason for Southwest to pass these B733 down the line] Anyone have any insights to share? Cool project none the less...
8c8g8r8
8c8g8r8 1
yeah, that's interesting. so wn has too many types but dl and ua don't run up against the same limit? i think maybe the faa was a convenient scapegoat for a decision forced through by the wn accounting department.
emilpudge
emilpudge 1
I always wonder why the U.S. Forest Service/USAF/USN doesn't have a handful of large water tankers. The daily lease has got to be crazy expensive.
maxlang
Max Lang 1
Still cheaper than maintaining.
8c8g8r8
8c8g8r8 1
i love that they used the boeing official livery. this matches the livery that the 777max will debut in.

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