No other air tanker attacks wildland/urban interface fires with the agility, tempo and effectiveness of the 802F Fire Boss.
When equipped with amphibious floats installed by Wipaire, the AT-802F becomes the Fire Boss scooper air tanker, able to land on and scoop water from nearby lakes, rivers and reservoirs. From a nearby water source, the 802F Fire Boss can deliver up to 14,000 gallons per hour for extended attack or ground support. An unimproved runway or water-side ramp and fuel are all it needs to be a highly cost-effective forward attack air tanker.
Powering the Fire Boss is the Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67F turboprop engine. With 1600 horsepower, it has more than enough muscle to keep the Fire Boss hauling its payload and maneuvering in mountainous and/or hot operating environments.
There is strength in numbers. Fire agencies around the world are boosting firefighting capability by combining 802F aircraft as coordinated flight groups. It’s an effective, cost efficient strategy for quickly containing a fire. A flight of four land-based 802F air tankers can deliver 3,200 gallons to contain small shrub-fueled fires (2.5 to 3.5 acres) with one round of retardant. Larger fires can be contained with four 802F aircraft if roads or natural breaks can be incorporated as containment lines. These fire response flight groups enable fire agencies to adjust their response level to the fire size and behavior.