Senator sets sights on firefighting planes

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Senator sets sights on firefighting planes

Wayne Coulson, CEO of Coulson Group, waits for his company’s C-130 heavy air tanker to take off for a demonstration water drop at Centennial Airport in Centennial on March 26, 2014. The crew was scheduled to take high-altitude training flights in Colorado in preparation for the wildfire season.
A “next generation” C-130 air tanker under contract to the U.S. Forest Service makes a demonstration drop Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Centennial Airport in Centennial, Colo. State Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, arranged for the demonstration by Coulson Group, as part of his push to get Colorado to buy or lease its own aerial firefighting fleet. The plane dropped water dyed to make it look like fire retardant.
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A member of the flight crew checks out the 3,500-gallon tank in the cargo bay of Coulson Group's C-130 tanker on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Centennial Airport in Centennial, Colo. The tank can empty its load on a fire in about two seconds.
JOE HANEL/Durango Herald

The cockpit of a "next generation" C-130 air tanker under contract to the U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Centennial Airport in Centennial, Colo. State Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, arranged for the visit by Coulson Group, as part of his push to get Colorado to buy or lease its own aerial firefighting fleet.
JOE HANEL/Durango Herald

Wayne Coulson, CEO of Coulson Group, shows off the cockpit of his company's C-130 heavy air tanker on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Centennial Airport in Centennial, Colo.

Senator sets sights on firefighting planes

Wayne Coulson, CEO of Coulson Group, waits for his company’s C-130 heavy air tanker to take off for a demonstration water drop at Centennial Airport in Centennial on March 26, 2014. The crew was scheduled to take high-altitude training flights in Colorado in preparation for the wildfire season.
A “next generation” C-130 air tanker under contract to the U.S. Forest Service makes a demonstration drop Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Centennial Airport in Centennial, Colo. State Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, arranged for the demonstration by Coulson Group, as part of his push to get Colorado to buy or lease its own aerial firefighting fleet. The plane dropped water dyed to make it look like fire retardant.
JOE HANEL/Durango Herald

A member of the flight crew checks out the 3,500-gallon tank in the cargo bay of Coulson Group's C-130 tanker on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Centennial Airport in Centennial, Colo. The tank can empty its load on a fire in about two seconds.
JOE HANEL/Durango Herald

The cockpit of a "next generation" C-130 air tanker under contract to the U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Centennial Airport in Centennial, Colo. State Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, arranged for the visit by Coulson Group, as part of his push to get Colorado to buy or lease its own aerial firefighting fleet.
JOE HANEL/Durango Herald

Wayne Coulson, CEO of Coulson Group, shows off the cockpit of his company's C-130 heavy air tanker on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Centennial Airport in Centennial, Colo.
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