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Thornycroft Nubian Airfield Crash Tender
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No: 12104   Contributor: Alex Lane   Year: 2005   Manufacturer: Thornycroft   Country: United Kingdom
Thornycroft Nubian Airfield Crash Tender

Seen at the aviation museum of Kemble airfield, gloucstershire was this Thornycroft Nubian airfield crash tender.

Built for the Bristol Aeroplane Company Ltd. by Hampshire Car Bodies on a Thornycroft Nubian 6-wheel drive chassis first registered by Bristol in December 1962. The completed tender was delivered on 23rd March 1963.
28 RHY spent its entire working life at Filton in the role of Airfield Crash Tender. Among many incidents and notable occasions, this appliance attended the roll-out of 'Concorde 002' in Septmeber 1968 and stood by for the first flight of '002' on the 9th March 1969.

Technical specs:
Chassis - Thornycroft Nubian TFA 6x6
Engine - Rolls Royce B81 Mk.5Q 6.75 litre straight 8 petrol (approx 200 hp)
Pump - Coventry Climax U.F.P Mk.6D
Water capacity - 800 gallons
Foam capacity - 90 gallons
CO2 capacity - 200 lbs
Picture added on 01 November 2008
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A lovely machine Alex, this is the softies version though! The RAF DP2 had a 1000 gal water tank and no power assisted, maybe thats why we all looked like Arnie from the waste up!

Added by John Stott on 02 November 2008.
John, did you do your HGV2 course at St Athan in the DP2, Great fun with Cpl Swan and Taff the civvy instructor (now give it power boyo)

Added by David Hughes on 28 November 2008.
John, and david I'm a Ex RAF and BAC Filton fireman and I can tell you this was a cow to drive just the same as the DP2, and I did my HGV at st Athan with Cpl Swan and had my test with Taff Jones who said after the hill start drive the heap back to camp as I'm sure the gearbox is hanging out of it and you have passed just in case it breaks down before we get back

Added by Edmund Peschel on 19 December 2012.
Filton airfield will close on Friday 21st December.

Added by Bristol Bob on 19 December 2012.
Bob that is sad news, there was talk some time ago about turning in to a freight airfield

Added by Edmund Peschel on 20 December 2012.
This appliance was still in the Brabazon hangar at Filton a month or so ago.

Added by Bristol Bob on 06 November 2019.
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