Coulson’s new 737 rolls out of the paint shop

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Above: Coulson’s first 737 being converted to an air tanker. Photo provided by Coulson Aviation.

Coulson Aviation has purchased six 737-300’s from Southwest Airlines and plans to convert them into air tankers. The first one being worked on just rolled out of the paint shop in Spokane. Britt Coulson said he expects it to be complete by the end of this year, then they will start on a second one. This will be the first 737 to be used as an air tanker. More information and photos are at

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

3 thoughts on “Coulson’s new 737 rolls out of the paint shop”

  1. just a question. what type of aircraft do the russains use on there fires. Siberia has far more woods than america does from what i have read on the internet. Do the Russains have wilderness areas & a natural fire policy- let it burn-its a natural event policy as america does?

  2. That is a nice looking aircraft. I look forward to seeing it and it’s hangar mates next year.


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