New at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirby Aerodrome is this Isuzu DMax aviation rapid intervention vehicle supplied by Worcester based Carmichael CSS.
The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre is a privately owned museum set up by two farming brothers, Fred and Harold Panton. The museum which opened in 1988 was established as a memorial to Bomber Command and as a tribute to their eldest brother who was shot down and killed on a bombing raid in WW2. The museum holds one of the rarest aircraft in its collection, an Avro Lancaster Bomber along with many wartime vehicles.
This RIV is based on an Isuzu DMAX 4×4 with a 2.5 litre turbo diesel engine and a double cab incorporating a seamless Carmichael CSS polypropylene body with large side and a rear lockers. The body houses a 70 litre foam tank, a 67.5 kg CO2 system courtesy of Perren Engineering Limited, a Hale HPX75 pump delivering 3% RTP and a remote front mounted bumper turret delivering 380 lpm. The tender carries basic fire-fighting and crash rescue apparatus inline with ICAO recommendations and was additionally supplied with a 2,000 litre trailer mounted water bowser with twin axles – which has a direct feed to the Isuzu.
The fire tender will provide fire cover to the museum and the 950 metre unlicensed, part grass, airstrip.
Image courtesy of Simon Pitt