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WNE 371L This is a Reynolds Broughton Chubb ‘Pathfinder’ airfield …

WNE 371L This is a Reynolds Broughton Chubb ‘Pathfinder’ airfield fire appliance seen at the Yorkshire Air Museum, at Elvington near York. Although a museum, the airfield occasionally receives some flights. The appliance is mainly there to protect the exhibits.
It was initially used by Manchester International Airport Fire service. It is built on a ‘Griffin’ 6-wheel drive high performance chassis at has a top speed of about 60 mph. This vehicle is immense. It measures 37’4″ (12.9m) long, 10′ (3.4m) wide and 13’7″ (5.0m) high.
This vehicle is design for a crew of four, but can be operated by only one person. This model dates back to 1972. The pathfinder was awarded the Design Council’s Engineering award in 1974 in respect of its then advanced design.
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B233 XMY Also to be found at Elvington is this 1984 Range …

B233 XMY Also to be found at Elvington is this 1984 Range Rover rapid intervention vehicle. It is ultimately quicker than the Pathfinder, but can only carry a limited amount of supplies.
It is different to a normal range rover by having an additional set of driven wheels, making it 6-wheel drive. It is powered by a Rover V8 engine, and had a separate water pump.
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