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American LaFrance 1000 Series Turbo Chief

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American LaFrance 1000 Series Turbo Chief

1972 - 1972

In 1972, American LaFrance took its second run at turbine-powered fire apparatus. The big attraction at the 1972 IAFC conference in Cleveland, Ohio, was a chrome-yellow American LaFrance 1000 Series pumper powered by a 325-horsepower Detroit Diesel Allison GT 404 industrial turbine.

Following the convention, this second-generation Turbo Chief made a demonstration run to the West Coast. This model could be distinguished by double chrome pipes behind the cab. Alas, it was no more successful than the Boeing turbine-powered apparatus built a decade earlier. After a few years the DDA turbine was quietly replaced by a diesel engine.

Predecessor: American LaFrance 900 Series Turbo Chief

Related models:
American LaFrance 1000 Series

American LaFrance 1000 Series Turbo Chief

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