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Discussion in 'Other Mechanical Systems Tech.' started by dtpeng, Sep 1, 2012.
It‘s an agricultural aircraft or a fire-fighting plane ? Who has pdf manual(POH) about it ?
Looks like a modified crop duster.
Looks like an Grumman Ag-Cat on steroids.
If I'm not mistaken, that's a 3D render. So someone has 3D modelled a crop duster and armed it for a bit of fun.
Negative, that's an actual un-edited photo of the real deal
The aircraft is an Air Tractor AT-802, designed for Agricultural work, but a varient was produced (seen in dtpeng's photo) to compete for military COIN contracts as the model AT-802U
Mistaken I am then . Looked a bit too perfect and ultra clean.
A bit of info here..Defense Statecraft: Not like dusting crops...
That does look fun though.
Sure does! As light as it is and with that turbo-prop, I bet it's a downright blast to put it through it's paces!
This will rain on someone's parade.....while in use with the DEA in South America and in this form but unarmed as a drug plant duster it returned many times hit by small arms but the armor protected the vitals and the crew, none where ever lost and all returned to fly. Here is the load out with some pretty means weapons (no I'm not a salesman for it, I just did a white paper evaluation to see if the _____ Air Force wanted to get some. The picture in green camo is the first one delivered for the UAE AF. It beats out the AT-6C and the Embraer AT-29 on some key issues. Also included are some brochures FWIW
And the thing brings a whole new meaning to the word manuverable if it's anything like the Ag-Cat.
There is a video indicating its survive-ability when during a US Army eval flight the pilot lands short of the prepared airstrip........OOPS
The AT-802 is a pretty rugged machine.
There was one that clipped a radio tower's guy-wires during a crop-dusting assignment. It tumbled but pilot somehow managed to regain control before it struck the ground and he was able to set it down on a nearby dirt road.
The aircraft had suffered substantial damage and I am willing to bet the pilot's seat was soiled pretty heavily, too.
I can imagine. With the competitors, AT-6C and A-29, they come with ejector seats. The At-802U's tandem cockpit has re-enforced crash cage and oh, yes, 'AIR-BAGS!' so you have to bring it back.
Kind of like the F-4 Phantoms we sold to Egypt back in the late 70's....the Egyptian AF had the seats disabled and I have a picture somewhere of an F-4 fireball landing and both pilots successfully ground egress. By dingy they brought it back albeit in ashes.