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Air Tractor AT-802

AT-802
Role Agricultural / Fire-fighting aircraft
Manufacturer Air Tractor
First flight 1990

The Air Tractor AT-802 is an agricultural and fire-fighting aircraft that first flew in the United States in October 1990. The AT-802 carries a chemical hopper between the engine firewall and the cockpit and another one under the belly. In the U.S., it is considered a Type 4 SEAT, or Single Engine Air Tanker. As of 2007, it is the largest agricultural-type aircraft to enter production.

In its standard configuration, the aircraft utilizes conventional landing gear (two main wheels and a tail wheel). However, a number of aircraft have been converted to the Fire Boss configuration, which utilizes Wipaire 10000 amphibious floats, so that it can land on a traditional runway or on water. The Fire Boss can scoop water from a lake or river for use on a fire. In addition to the standard fuselage-mounted retardant tank, the Fire Boss can have optional tanks (70 gallons) in the floats. Operations with floats installed have been shown to produce a shorter and narrower retardant drop pattern than wheeled AT-802s.


Variants

  • AT-802 - two seat cockpit
  • AT-802A - single-seat cockpit
  • AT-802U Air Truck - two seat cockpit / military COIN purpose

A firefighting model 802 equipped with the Air Tractor Computerized Firegate is known as an AT-802F or an AT-802AF

A model 802 equipped with Wipaire amphibious floats is known as a Fire Boss

Operators

 Croatia
  • Croatian Air Force - 3 AT-802A Fire Boss and 1 AT-802F; 2 additional AT-802A's ordered
 Spain
  • Ministry of Environment (CEGISA) - 3 AT-802A
  • Avialsa T35 - 13
 United States
  • Aerospray, Inc. 
 Australia
  • Dunn Aviation (Western Australia) - 4 x AT-802s 
 Macedonia
  • Macedonian Aviation - 3 x AT-802s
 Canada
  • Forest Protection Limited, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources - 6 AT-802F and 1 AT-802A Fire Boss
  • Conair Group
 Montenegro
  • 2 AT-802A Fire Boss

Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Capacity: 810 US Gal (3,070 L) chemicals
  • Length: 35 ft 8 in (10.87 m)
  • Wingspan: 59 ft 3 in (18.06 m)
  • Height: 11 ft 0 in (3.35 m)
  • Empty weight: 6,400 lb (2,900 kg)
  • Gross weight: 16,000 lb (7,260 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67R or -67AG turboprop, 1,450 hp (1,060 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 180 mph (340 km/h)
  • Range: 500 miles (800 km)

 

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