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Air Tractor 802F "Fire Boss" Air Tanker demonstrates aerial firefighting capabilities to Texas Forest Service

Little more than a month after wildfires burned a devastating swath across the Possum Kingdom Lake area and other parts of North Texas, representatives from the Fire and Emergency Response Division of the Texas Forest Service recently came to Possum Kingdom Lake to watch a demonstration of the Texas-made aerial firefighting single engine air tanker.

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One of a kind plane and pilot

Ever since its introduction by Wipaire in 2003, the Fire Boss has been a big hit in the aerial firefighting industry. Basically an Air Tractor AT-802F fitted with a highly modified set of amphibious floats based on Wipaire’s Twin Otter floats, the Fire Boss fills a niche in the specialized form of aerial firefighting known as scooping. Scooping is when an aircraft skims across a body of water to fill its tank with a load of water.

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One of a kind plane and pilot

Ever since its introduction by Wipaire in 2003, the Fire Boss has been a big hit in the aerial firefighting industry. Basically an Air Tractor AT-802F fitted with a highly modified set of amphibious floats based on Wipaire’s Twin Otter floats, the Fire Boss fills a niche in the specialized form of aerial firefighting known as scooping. Scooping is when an aircraft skims across a body of water to fill its tank with a load of water.

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