254 US gals.
Air Tractor AT-802 aircraft are the largest single engine, dedicated agricultural and fire fighting aircraft in the world.
Kubecka Flying Service Pilot Report:
When your spray operation is located in the largest state in the country, and more that 60% of your spray work consists of huge rice fields spread over thousands of acres, you need a big ag plane that has the size, power and performance to keep up with the workload.
Dan Kubecka, president of Kubecka Flying Service in Edna, Texas, has found such a plane in the Air Tractor AT-802. In fact, Kubecka was so impressed with the performance of his first AT-802 that he recently purchased a second with an 800 gallon capacity, bringing his fleet to five spray planes:
the two AT-802 aircraft and three smaller Air Tractor aircraft.
"I've always had confidence in the Air Tractor AT-802," says Kubecka. "I have owned several Air Tractors, and they just keep getting better. That was a big reason I was one of the first operations to purchase it when it was introduced, and the superior work I got out of the one was a big factor in deciding to purchase my second."
Through the years Air Tractor AT-802 aircraft have been refined and improved. Most recently airbags are being installed as standard equipment in all models. In AT-802 air tankers, a new triple redundancy computerized retardant delivery system is now standard. It enables pin point drops with fraction of a second timing.
Air Tractor has been producing various models of single engine aircraft for over 50 years. In that time production has exceeded some 2,000 aircraft.
Air Tractor AT-802 from NitroPlanes.
Pictured above is the Air Tractor At-802 for sale from NitroPlanes. The ARF has a wingspan of 44" and weighs around 2 lbs ready to fly.
Pictured immediately below is the Air Tractor AT-802 for sale from eStar Models. It has a 49.5" wingspan and a length of 31". Recommended power is a Hacker A20 22L brushless motor. All up weight of the ARF is around 25 oz. Pilots report that flying the Air Tractor At-802 is similar to flying a low wing trainer. The flaps of the have been reported as being very effective.
The third picture down is a rc airplane model of the AT-602, smaller brother to the Air Tractor AT-802. The all balsa kit is for sale by AV Flight Technologies. It has a wingspan of 42" and a length of 24". Recommended power is a GWS 350 motor.
Pat Tritle of Watt Flyer forum reports that the Air Tractor AT-802 is fun to fly with well balanced controls. It tracks and performs best at higher speeds. When the flaps are lowered it really slows, but without any change in pitch. Speed of the Air Tractor AT-802 should be kept up because the rc airplane tends to stall without warning by suddenly dropping a wing. Recovery is in less than seven feet with full control returning quickly.
Air Tractor.com has three view drawings you can download to help build a Air Tractor AT-802.
Pictured last below is Duane Habets and his Air Tractor AT-802. Duane will sell you his custom made Air Tractor AT-802 kit with a glass fuse and balsawood sheeted wings if you email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Wingspan is 92" and power comes from a 1.08 two cycle engine.
GPutt33 kit bashed a Sig Four Star 120 and made a Air Tractor AT-802 out of it. You can find its description and pictures at RC Universe.
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