Mildura Airport set for fire fight

In a win for regional bushfire protection, Mildura Airport will now be able to recharge giant water bombers.

In a win for regional bushfire protection, Mildura Airport will now be able to recharge giant water bombers.

UPGRADES to Mildura Airport mean it will now be the central hub to recharge giant water bombers in the case of bushfires across the country’s south-east.

The Boeing 737 and C-130 Hercules, which carry 15,000-20000 litres, will be able to refill in just 10 minutes thanks to a new in-ground hydrant, 250,000-litre inline storage tank and an adjoining hardstand for planes to sit.

It means that during bushfires in western Victoria, western NSW and parts of South Australia, water bombing aircraft will be able to refill and be kept on site at Mildura closer to where they are needed.

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