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Thrush Aircraft

Thrush Aircraft is a U.S. aircraft manufacturer based in Albany, Georgia. It currently manufactures the Thrush series of agricultural aircraft.

History

Rockwell International originally built the facility in 1965 and operated it until it was purchased by Ayres Corporation on 23 November 1977. On 30 June 2003, Thrush purchased the assets of Ayres Corporation.

The manufacturing facilities consists of 160 acres (0.65 km2) of land located adjacent to the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport with direct access to the airport's two runways.

Thrush Timeline

1966 - First Flight
1975 - First installation of a Wright 1300-1B 800 horsepower engine.
1976 - First installation of a PT6A-34 750 shaft horsepower turbine engine.
1977 - Ayres Corporation purchases the Rockwell facility.
1979 - First 500 gallon hopper installation.
1980 - First dual cockpit fuselage.
1980 - First 600 horsepower Pezetel engine installation.
1981 - First 1820 1200 horsepower engine installation.
1984 - First PT6A-41 850 shaft horsepower turbine engine installation.
1985 - First PT6A-65 1230 shaft horsepower turbine engine installation.
1985 - First dual control ag aircraft.
1988 - First HG (high gross) aircraft 10,500 gross weight certification.
1990 - First PT6A-45 1173 shaft horsepower turbine.
1992 - First Garrett TPE331-G6 715 horsepower turbine.
1993 - First Garrett TPE331-G10 900 horsepower.
1993 - First Garrett TPE331-G5 715 horsepower.
1995 - First Garrett TPE331-G1 665 horsepower.
1997 - First T34-HG (high gross) 10,500 lb. certification.
2000 - PT6A-60 with 660 gallon hopper certified.
2000 - PT6A-65 with 660 gallon hopper certified.
2004 - 550 T34HG spring steel gear
2004 - 550 T65HG-P&W PT6A-60 AG dual cockpit with spring steel gear
2004 - 660 T660-P&W PT6A-65AG single cockpit with revised cowling
2005 - 510 T34-P&W PT6A-34 single and duel cockpit
2005 - 660 T660-P&W PT6A-67AG single cockpit with revised cowling
2005 - 660 T660-P&W PT6A-65 dual cockpit fire and non firebomber
2005 - 660 T660-P&W PT6A-67AG dual cockpit fire and non firebomber
2005 - 550 T65HG-TPE331-10 single cockpit with spring steel gear
2005 - 550 T65HG-P&W PT6A-45 series single cockpit with spring steel gear
2007 - 400 R1340 single and dual cockpit

Production

Production Aircraft

  • Thrush 400
  • Thrush 510/550
  • Thrush 660
Last updated March 28, 2010
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