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It’s finally here!

The Dash-8 Q400 firefighting plane that was used extensively during last year’s Scenic Rim bushfire crisis  is now back in Australia.
The aircraft (pictured above on take off from Hawaii) was spotted in Honolulu on a short refuelling stop on its way to Australia where it’ll be based in Bundaberg.
The aircraft arrived in Australia late last week in preparation for its future across Queensland and Victoria.

As previously reported by My News Feed,  The aircraft is returning to Queensland as part of a four year deal between the aircraft operators and the Palaszczuk Government.

In a statement, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced “…the Large Air Tanker is an important weapon in our firefighting arsenal.

“Right around the world, we’re seeing our climate changing. The threat of bushfires is increasing.

“This deal will ensure that our firefighters have access to this cutting-edge technology when they need it – helping to keep Queenslanders safe from the bushfire threat.

“It means that the LAT will be ready to answer the call this bushfire season if it’s required.”

The LAT will be  based in Bundaberg for the duration of each of Queensland’s next four bushfire seasons.

Facts about the LAT:

  • Two pilot crew
  • 10,000 litre retardant capacity
  • Gross weight: 31,000 kg
  • Cruise speed (loaded) up to 670km/h
  • Typical runway required 1,500m
  • Can land with 80% of its load on board

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