(Reno, Nevada) The recent devastation caused by wildfires in California and across the Southwest has moved aerial attack and suppression to the forefront of market needs – and Thrush Aircraft is now meeting that need with the introduction of their new 710P Fire Bird. Based on the legendary Thrush 710P, the Fire Bird is newest, most advanced firefighting aircraft in the industry. It features an electronically controlled, hydraulically actuated fire gate and—unlike other single-engine air tanker (SEAT) aircraft – a separate, mechanically actuated jettison system for added pilot safety.
Spanish aviation giant PLYSA has purchased five Thrush 710P Fire Birds this year – and one of their aircraft is being displayed at NAAA 2018 prior to its departure for Spain. The new 710P Fire Bird joins the recently FAA certified Thrush 510P Switchback firefighting aircraft to provide customers with a range of options to meet the growing demand for SEAT aircraft worldwide. Here at home, the Fire Bird is undergoing FAA certification testing, which will be completed early next year.