Avro RJ85 Large Air Tanker
So far, Conair have converted eight Avro RJ85 aircraft into the Air Tanker role with the full support of the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), British Aerospace. The Conair RJ85 fleet is currently the largest and newest single aircraft type Large Air Tanker fleet in the World today.
Capable of carrying up to 11,733 lits (3,100 USG) of retardant, the RJ85 can dispatch at speeds of up to ~700 km/hr (~375 knots) and then slow for an optimum drop speed of 220 km/hr (120 knots) – all the while being able to maintain pressurisation of the airframe.
To date, one RJ85 Air Tanker has operated in Australia each summer since 2014 and has been based at Avalon Airbase in Victoria under the call sign “Bomber 391”.
Over these four seasons, “RJ“ has complemented the work done by the national fleet of Single Engine Air Tankers such as the Air Tractor AT-802F as well as helicopters and has supported aerial firefighting efforts in Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.
For further information, feel free to scroll through the timeline on this page or visit http://www.fieldair.com.au/rj85.php or http://conair.ca/conair_fleet/rj85at .
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