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Old 11-19-2010, 06:14 AM   #1276
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I wish more people appreciated the space program these days. I got to witness the launch of STS 85 when I was a kid at only 3 miles distant from the pad. What an incredible experience!

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Old 11-19-2010, 07:04 AM   #1277
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Those fire planes are cool looking.
I've never seen an ag plane on floats, like that before.

My goal for next year is to see the last shuttle launch.
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Old 11-19-2010, 09:53 AM   #1278
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So what do those planes do? Land on water and suck it up then dump it?
On the bottom of the right pontoon is a retractable tube that pulls in the water. The tank sits directly in front of the pilot (you can see the bare fiberglass tank in one of my pics). It holds 800 gallons. Nothing goes in the pontoons on the one I shot. The plane is also equipped with an infa-red camera so the pilot can pinpoint hot spots through the smoke and more precisely dump the water.

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Old 11-19-2010, 10:44 AM   #1279
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:16 AM   #1280
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Looks like the AT can carry 820 lbs of fire water in the floats. Or 800 lbs of retardant in a bomb bay type of configuration. Very cool tool for close quarters and rapid response.

They are also working on another type of 'tool' for a different type of 'fire.



Rocket pods?

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Old 11-19-2010, 11:22 AM   #1281
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Looks like a minigun on the left wing, a couple small bombs underneath and 2 rocket pods...
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:30 AM   #1282
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Looks like a minigun on the left wing, a couple small bombs underneath and 2 rocket pods...


Didn't even see the miniguns!
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Old 11-19-2010, 01:06 PM   #1283
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Air Tractor AT-802U:

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Force Application

The AT-802U brings firepower in close where it is needed and at the best speed for maximum effect. Capable of employing a large arsenal of weaponry, the aircraft has been built to employ dual .50 cal. GAU-19/A three-barrel Gatling guns, dual M260 7-tube rocket launchers, and 500 lb. Mk-82 bombs on nine wing and fuselage hard points (expandable to 15 hard points). The AT-802U is also configurable for more advanced systems depending on customer requirements. Laser guided ordnance, helmet mounted displays, fire control systems, survivability systems, and sensor payloads could all be incorporated into this robust aircraft.

With ground-to-air communication so vital in close air support missions, the AT-802U has been equipped with the Wulfsberg Flexcomm tactical modular multi-band airborne FM/AM/UHF radio communications system. This enables the aircrew to maintain radio communication with practically any radio system utilized by ground units.

Flying where others would not dare, the AT-802U protects aircrews with specially designed cockpit and engine armor, ballistic glass, and self-sealing fuel tanks. It also has mounting provisions for an optional AAR-47/ALE-47 survivability system.

The AT-802 is combat-proven in counter-drug operations in the USSOUTHCOM AOR by the U.S. Department of State. Despite taking more than 200 bullet strikes, AT-802 aircrews have maintained a 100% safety record with no loss of life or injury.
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Old 11-19-2010, 01:09 PM   #1284
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What he said -- faster than I could.

gotta love the wording: "Force Application"
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Old 11-19-2010, 04:22 PM   #1285
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Old 11-19-2010, 07:54 PM   #1286
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EG you do know that the plant for those is only 100 miles away?

http://www.airtractor.com/

Grab that resume and take EG II on a roadtrip.
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:01 PM   #1287
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Didn't even see the miniguns!
Now that the specs have been posted on it I can see the second one... I wasn't sure of the one on the right wing as it almost looked like a sensor or something.
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:02 PM   #1288
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EG you do know that the plant for those is only 100 miles away?

http://www.airtractor.com/

Grab that resume and take EG II on a roadtrip.
WHAT!?!?

I bet they wouldn't let me test the military one though.
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:05 PM   #1289
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You know, I think that Air Tractor has a pretty compelling story for the AT-802U. Maybe it could be the new bird dog.

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What he said -- faster than I could.

gotta love the wording: "Force Application"
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:41 PM   #1290
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Did you know that the Lockheed P-80 went from drawing board to flying prototype in only 132 days? Amazing.
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