"BIG RED"

"BIG RED" IS A 1954 AMERICAN LaFRANCE AIR FORCE 0-11A CRASH TRUCK

"BIG RED" WAS DONATED TO B-36 PEACEMAKER MUSEUM AS A PART OF FORT WORTH AVIATION HISTORY.  THE TRUCKS WERE STATIONED AT CARSWELL AIR FORCE BASE, FORT WORTH, TEXAS IN THE 50s & 60s.  THE 0-10 &  0-11A WERE DESIGNED LIKE A LONG BOX SO THEY COULD BE FLOWN IN A CARGO AIRCRAFT ALL OVER THE WORLD TO WHERE THEY WERE STATIONED.  THEY WERE DESIGNED TO TAKE A LOT OF HEAT SO THEY COULD GET IN CLOSE TO AN AIRCRAFT FIRE TO GET THE AIRCREW OUT AND TO PROTECT THE FIREMEN WHO WERE OPERATING THEM. THEY WERE 8 FEET WIDE, 12 FEET HIGH AND 32 FEET LONG. EACH ONE CARRIED 1,000 GALLONS OF WATER AND 100 GALLONS OF FOAM.  THE TURRETS COULD SHOOT 30 TO 35 FOOT STREAMS OF FOAM.  A FIVE MAN CREW INCLUDED A CREW CHIEF, TURRET OPERATOR, DRIVER AND TWO RESCUE/HAND-LINEMEN. THE NEWER STRIKER CRASH TRUCKS CARRY 3,000 GALLONS OF WATER. THEY MIXED WATER WITH FOAM AND AIR TO ALMOST DOUBLE THE AGENT  DISPENSED. THE LAST PHOTO BELOW SHOWS WHAT THE CRASH TRUCK WILL LOOK LIKE WHEN COMPLETED.  WE PULLED HER FROM A FARM WHERE SHE HAD BEEN FOR THE LAST 40 YEARS.


WE ARE HELD UP AT THE PRESENT BECAUSE OF MONEY. WE NEED TO RAISE ABOUT $4,400.00 FOR NEW BRAKES AND PAINTING.

AT THAT TIME SHE WILL BE THE ONLY OPERATIONAL 0-11A AIR FORCE CRASH TRUCK IN THE WORLD.

0-11A Crash Rescue Trucks in Action.

A brief view of a pair of O-11A fire trucks dousing a flaming B-17 airframe at Eglin AFB, Florida.

Video OF THE RESTORATION OF THE O-11A CALLED "BIG RED"

THIS VIDEO  SHOWS THE HISTORY OF "BIG RED" FROM THE TIME WE PULLED  HER  FROM THE FARM UNTIL PRESENT.