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NOTE: THE RC FIREHOG IS ON THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE PAGE.


Specifications

      Primary Function:
      Crew:
      Engines/Thrust:
      Weight Empty:
      Max. Weight:
      Retardant:
      Length:
      Wingspan:
      Cruise Speed:
      Max. Speed:
      Climb Rate:
      Ceiling:
      Mission Range:
air tanker
one
2 x 9,065 lbs. ea.
24,960 lbs.
50,000 lbs.
2,000 gals.
53' 4"
57' 7"
345 mph
440 mph
6,000 fpm
45,000 feet
300 miles






A-10 aircraft have been proposed to be used as air tankers. It is argued that the retired aircraft could be refurbished with 2,000 gallon water/retardant tanks. Their maneuverability would make them ideally suited for maneuvering in the passes and canyons of California.

However, employees of the California Dept. of Forestry have pointed out that the U.S. government hasn't put any of retired A-10 aircraft up for sale. Other drawbacks are that because the aircraft armor can not be removed, a 2,000 gallon tank would make the aircraft severely over weight.

We received the following email from Mr. EdHerlik (patriotsfund @ aol. com)

"Good Evening, I stumbled on your A-10 FireHog page. I held the patent on this idea.

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2 = HITOFF&p = 1&u = %2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r = 3&f = G&l = 50&co1 = AND&d = PTXT&s1 = herlik.INNM.&OS = IN/herlik&RS = IN/herlik.

Your specifications are copied from the military version and so aren't accurate. The photo isn't accurate either. Here's one of our model:

The real problem, though, is quoting the CDF: "However, employees of the California Dept. of Forestry have pointed out that the U.S. government hasn't put any of retired A-10 aircraft up for sale."

They wouldn't be purchased, they'd be government supplied equipment. 'Sale' was a smoke screen they used to protect their bureaucracy.

"Other drawbacks are that because the aircraft armor can not be removed, a 2,000 gallon tank would make the aircraft severely over weight."

Total BS. After stripping out the gun and other systems, the fully loaded FireHog would have been 4,000# below it's max weight. And it would have had better engines; it would have seriously outperformed the military version.
- With the best retardant delivery system devised so far.
- With aerial reloading so they didn't have to land to refill.
- With UV wildfire early detection.
- With IR vision, allowing deliveries at night and inside smoke clouds.
- With a computer bomb sight for accuracy.
- With the ejection seat.

CDF leaders actively resisted this proposal in the '90s. Turned out some of them made money on keeping thing like they were and finally got legally hammered for that (and other crap like flying government planes for private business). But it was too late. California got stuck with the S-2T. How's that working out for them?

I suggest you update your site."



Fire Hog

A Fire Hog Air Tanker rc airplane may be just the ticket for people who want a high visibility paint scheme on their rc airplane.

Pictured above is the rc Fire Hog for sale as a ARF or RTF by NitroPlanes. It has a 42.5" wingspan and is made from EPO.

GWS has a Fire Hog ARF for sale. The radio control airplane is EDF powered by 2 GWS EDF 55 fans with S 300 brushless motors. Wingspan is 38" and length is 34".

In the picture immediately below is the Fire Hog by Combat Models. It has a wingspan of 52" and a length of 47". You have a number of power choices for the scale model rc airplane. It can be powered with a pair of .40 pusher props, or 2 x .25 gas ducted fans. Combat models even recommends electric ducted fans for their rc airplane!

In the second picture below is the profile model Fire Hog from Instant RC. It can be powered by 2 x J250 type motors. Wingspan is 28" and length is 26 3/4".

We are interested in the recommendations you may have for the Firehog, or if you have one that you would like to tell us about, please email us.



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