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What Was That FedEx Feeder A/C?  
User currently offlineBoomer From United States of America, joined May 1999, 102 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5348 times:

Some time ago I recall reading about a potential FedEx feeder that was a single scimitar-type prop on the nose, driven by a PT-6 twin pack. The photo in the article showed a picture in FedEx livery. It was supposedly being considered as a follow-on replacement of the Caravans. What was this aircraft? Are there any pictures of it?


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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 3390 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5314 times:

The proposed Ayres Loadmaster. Never materialized though.


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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 9428 posts, RR: 39
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5272 times:

"Are there any pictures of it?"

You can find some info on the Loadmaster here: http://www.flug-revue.rotor.com/FRTypen/FRLM200.htm IIRC, there were plans for versions for both FedEx and armed forces, which should both have been convinced by the large cargo hold.

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User currently offlineBoomer From United States of America, joined May 1999, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5253 times:

THAT'S IT! Thanks folks....

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5061 times:

The a/c that killed Ayres. Ayres is back in a way. Thrush Aircraft bought the assets of Ayres from GATX, and restarted the Ayres Thrush line of cropduster under the Thrush name. The mockup of the Loadmaster still sits in the factory down in Albany, Georgia.

User currently offlineAirT85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 4993 times:

What happened that the aircraft never materialized? Why did it kill Ayres?

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