With the early onset of what is already a catastrophic fire season, it’s timely to take a look at aerial firefighting in Australia. Australia was late to the game.

The first aerial firefighting activity in Australia was a couple of water drops by Piper Pawnee crop dusters in 1967. Now, more than 50 years on, Australia-wide aerial firefighting operations are co-ordinated by the National Aerial Firefighting Centre, based in Melbourne.

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