Plane Strikes Fire Truck While Taking Off – Charlotte, 1977

Here’s an usual apparatus accident, reported by the Charlotte Observer on Saturday, April 9, 1977. Douglas Municipal Airport on Friday night, April 8. Piece of fire apparatus with three aboard. They were returning to the station, after doing some pre-planning of a DC-10 that had made a rare landing at the airport. The FFs radioed …

Continue reading ‘Plane Strikes Fire Truck While Taking Off – Charlotte, 1977’ »

Emergency Landing at Winston-Salem Airport, 1971

From the May-June 1971 issue of Hose & Nozzle magazine. Piedmont Airlines prop plane made an emergency landing at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem. Jammed landing gear forced a belly landing. Runway foaming was started, but stopped when the pilot reported that the plane had only a few more minutes of fuel. It had circled …

Continue reading ‘Emergency Landing at Winston-Salem Airport, 1971’ »

Airport Orders Pierce Pumper

News from Raleigh-Durham International Airport. They’ve ordered a Freightliner/Pierce pumper to replace CFR 1, a 2005 Ford F-550/4 Guys mini-pumper, 500/250/20. And it’s the first full-size pumper in the airport’s history.[1] Specs for the unit are: Pierce Responder Pumper  Freightliner Chassis, two-person cab Similar look to DFW Airport FD EZ-29 1250 GPM pump 750 gallon …

Continue reading ‘Airport Orders Pierce Pumper’ »

Visual History of Raleigh-Durham Airport Fire Department

For your holiday enjoyment, here’s another Legeros History Chart.  Raleigh-Durham International Airport fire department. AKA, RDU CFR. View as JPG | View as PDF  | See more charts Here’s the landing page. And only one typo spotted so far. The 1979 quick-response truck was a Chevy, not a Ford. Will be updated. Here’s the chart in paper form. Sometimes Mr. …

Continue reading ‘Visual History of Raleigh-Durham Airport Fire Department’ »

Chapel Hill Airport Burns – January 11, 1941

From the Daily Tar Heel, January 12, 1941, via Digital NC / North Carolina Newspapers: Airport Burns; Seven CAA Planes Destroyed Defective Wiring Attributed Cause By Bucky Harward All ten airplanes and the hangar at the University airport were completely demolished last night between 7 and 8 o’clock by a fire which resulted from a …

Continue reading ‘Chapel Hill Airport Burns – January 11, 1941’ »

Old Oshkosh P-15 Crash Truck in Goldsboro (2014)

This is a re-posting of a Blog Archives post that is no longer available. It was originally posted on May 23, 2014. Photographs From 2014 See Flickr album. Posting From 2014 Need an excuse for a Memorial Day Weekend road trip? Tool down to Goldsboro to behold this 1990 Oshkosh P-15 military crash truck. It’s …

Continue reading ‘Old Oshkosh P-15 Crash Truck in Goldsboro (2014)’ »

New Research – American Eagle Flights 3378 & 3379

Announcing new historical research about American Eagle flights 3378 and 3379 and the emergency response to both crashes.  Flight 3378 crashed into a reservoir at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on February 19, 1988. All twelve souls aboard were killed. Flight 3379 crashed into the woods near Davis Drive in Morrisville on December 13, 1994. Fifteen passengers …

Continue reading ‘New Research – American Eagle Flights 3378 & 3379’ »

Vintage Photo of Guilford County Airport Fire Spill Support Unit

Thanks to a reader, who came upon this vintage picture the other week, from the collection of Scott Mattson.  Thanks for sharing, Micah! Vintage Guilford County Fire Services support unit. Looks like a 1960s Dodge truck, which had been converted into a lighting and generator unit. It’s pulling a two-axle cargo trailer lettered as “oil spill …

Continue reading ‘Vintage Photo of Guilford County Airport Fire Spill Support Unit’ »

Custom Wrapped and Custom Caged Crash Truck

From a reader (thanks Paul!) comes this stunning creation for sale on Craigslist in San Francisco: 1992 Amertek CF4000L ARFF crash truck with custom all-American body wrap decals (with powder-coated wheels), and a custom external roll cage. Whoa, wow, and holy cow! Specs are listed below. $50,000 and its yours. Seller also entertaining trades, for “Hummer H1, …

Continue reading ‘Custom Wrapped and Custom Caged Crash Truck’ »

Second Striker Delivered at Airport

Whoops, this planned posting didn’t get posted during Christmas week! Raleigh-Durham International Airport has received their second Striker! This 2017 Oshkosh Global Striker 6×6, 1250/3000/420/450# was delivered on Sunday, December 14, 2017. Click to enlarge:    Pictures are screen grabs from this nifty short video from RDU, featuring Captain Will Patterson: Specifications include: Oshkosh Global …

Continue reading ‘Second Striker Delivered at Airport’ »