St. Louis Gets Crash Truck

Issue 1 and Volume 123.

St. Louis Gets Crash Truck A crash buck that can apply about 22,500 gallons of foam in less than 2 minutes is the newest addition to the file fighting facilities maintained by the St. Louis Fire Department at the Municipal Airport. The P-2 is a Seagrave-FWD civilian version of a type of crash truck developed by the Air Force in 1963 to protect large aircraft at Strategic Air Command bases. Almost everything about the 67,000-pound P-2 is of outsize proportion. For example, its overall dimensions are: length, 35 feet; width, 8 feet 8 inches; and height, 11 feet 6 1/2 inches. The wheels are almost 6 feet high. When both its 340-hp engines are engaged for propulsion, the truck can accelerate from a standstill to 55 mph in less than 60 seconds. Driver-controlled TractionLocks in all axle and transfer differentials eliminate differential action and give the vehicle maximum ability for…

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