The red 1971 Reynolds Boughton Chubb Pathfinder Airport Crash Tender was kindly donated to the Museum by Manchester International Airport, where it helped to put out an aircraft fire in 1983. It weighs 37 tonnes fully laden with 3000 gallons of water and 260 gallons of foam concentrate. Its pump can deliver 1700-1900 gallons per minute and it can project 700-1900 gallons per minute through its roof mounted remote controlled foam monitor. The engine is a General Motors 18.6 litre 2-stroke supercharged V16 diesel that can propel the fire tender at speeds up to 70 mph.
The red Pathfinder is fully operational and is used by the Museum for its aircraft handling and flight line services. The vehicle was used extensively during the York and Selby floods during November 2000.
The second vehicle is currently under restoration to operational condition.