Land Rover Series 3
TACR1 'Truck, Aircraft Crash Rescue Mk1'
With very few surviving this is a very rare Land Rover, Estimated to be only 15 survivors.
90 RN 67 Served the Royal Navy at RN Station Culldrose in Cornwall England. Body work was built by HCB Angus of Southhampton on a 1 Ton chassis running 900x16 tyres on 1 ton deep dish steel rims.
Having had a full restoration up to the start of rear body, rear section was deemed to be in fine condition and we would have painted it if time had allowed.
The list is endless to whats been done and happy to talk over the work completed with keen none tyre kicking individuals.
Will add further pictures in the coming days All the period fire fighting equipment is with the Land Rover as well as fire suits boots and helmets. All the blue lights work as do the 2 tone horns. The TACR1 came into service in 1972 and was the beginning of a new generation of rescue tender for the RAF Superseding the ACRT (Dry Powder) and TACT (Old type Foam). The TACR1 carried a new fire fighting media which was AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam) which was pre-mixed in the tank. It also carried an Epco Hydraulic Rescue kit and a Pneumatic powered ‘Ripper Gun’
It was capable of acting in an unsupported roll on advanced airfields operating with the HARRIER aircraft with a crew of three. But would also act as the rescue truck along with major foams trucks on large Crash Lines With the requirement for a crew of three and only a standard cab, a seating position was created at the rear of the vehicle for the third crew member whose only communication to the cab was via a voice tube. Not always popular with crew members when assigned to this vehicle!!!! Leading Particulars: Chassis: 4×4 Landrover Engine: Rover 2.286cc, 4 cylinder, liquid cooled, gasoline, developing 60.5kw (81bhp) at 4,250rev/min, compression ratio 8:1 Weight laden with crew of three: 2500kgs (2.5 tons) Foam Tank: 450 litres (100gallons) pre-mixed 27ltrs (6galls) of Fluro-chemical foam and 423ltrs (94galls) of water. Operation: at 10bars (145psi) with jet of 18/20 metres (60/65ft) through 30m x 30mm (98ft x13/16”) hoses and spread of spray of 3mtrs (10ft) at 4mtrs (13ft) from the branchpipe. Discharge time if applied continuously through two sidelines at 10 BARS (150PSI) is 2min 50sec
Aircraft Handler, RNAS Culrose and Yeovilton, Roya
Andrew Harmon on 4 July 2023Have very fond memories of driving this particular TACR 1. Much better than its replacement ( TACR 2), in terms of off-road capabilities, although at a much more leisurely pace. As a newly qualified Aircraft Handler (1986), I remember having to chase after the vehicle after jumping out of the rear crew seat, or quickly clambering up and over the vehicle to stop being rammed into bushes (RNAS Merryfield), much to the amusement of the driver and Leading Airmen. Think, I can still remember how to put it into pump, and would be great to own or drive one again.........great memories.
I served in the RAF Air Crash Rescue Fire Service
Julian Derrick on 7 January 2022When I was on this vehicle, my seat was the Back Seat between the two Rear Lockers. Great in the Summer, but wet winter months you ended up wet and cold. But still loved the TACR 1, better than the Range Rover TACR 2, no room in the rear seats. But both vehicles you had to kit up before getting aboard.