Sunday, October 28, 2018

Youth Envy

Other than the physical issues, I usually don’t mind getting older. After all, there is the alternative. That said, I wish I was young enough to have a shot at flying one these.

Based at the Fort Morgan County Airport, they are privately owned.

Great looking airplanes!


Coffeypot said...

I guess they were made for racing.

drjim said...

They use Ag Wagons for fire suppression?

There were a few hangared at the little airport I used to fly out of back in the 1970's~80's.

Insanely maneuverable, way over-powered (when empty), and looked like they'd be a blast to fly.

Never talked to the pilots or mechs. They were never around when I was.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Not built for speed but they probably could be cleaned up and made to go fast.

Late 1960's ferried two AgCats from Elmira, NY. They would do about 120 knot straight and level and 100 knots straight up.

LL said...

I think that they'd be fun toys. Not fast, not cross country flyers, but you could get into a lot of mischief.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Low and slow and scare all the livestock.

Old NFO said...

Those Air Tractors are built about 45 minutes from us... ;-D

Well Seasoned Fool said...

+I'm in awe of what aerial applicators come up with and how their innovations grow into companies.

jon spencer said...

The float equipped, Air Tractor Fire Boss is a workhorse.
And at about $4 million each they are much, much less expensive than a $35 million Bombardier CL-415’s price.

drjim said...

jon - Are the equipped to spray, or just dump?

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Wasn't aware of Air Tractors on floats. Are they able to scoop water or do they need a shore pump?

jon spencer said...

I believe they dump and not spray.
They are able to scoop.
Here is a pretty good youtube of a couple of Fire Boss's,