Thrush 510G Switchback certified
Thrush Aircraft’s Model 510G Switchback Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) firefighter has been certified by the FAA. As its name suggests, the Switchback can quickly be converted from agricultural sprayer to firefighter, thanks to a fire gatebox delivery system built by Transland that can deliver a 500-gallon ‘salvo drop’ in less than two seconds in narrow drop pattern along a fire line. It can be converted back to agricultural spray operations in minutes, enabling an operator to keep the aircraft working both in and out of fire season. ‘Another key capability of the 510G Switchback is its ability to land on unimproved surfaces closer to a wildfire,’ says Thrush Aircraft. ‘This allows the aircraft to reload and be back in the air over a fire in a matter of minutes, rather than the much longer turnaround time required by larger aircraft.’
The first two production Switchbacks have been delivered to the Georgia Forestry Commission with which they have been put into service for fire detection, rapid response firefighting and training.
Two Switchbacks will fight fires in Georgia