|TAC-T… A WHITE ELEPHANT?|
Paul Hazell has restored the only complete survivor of the 15 TAC-T crash tenders manufactured. John Blackman takes a close look
It has to be said that Paul Hazell is a bit of a sport. I hadn’t expected for one second that he’d agree to donning a fire-fighting suit and pose for this month’s front cover like some sort of silver Stig. But there you are; let no one suggest that serious enthusiasts don’t have a sense of humour. And Paul is certainly a serious enthusiast when it comes to crash tenders, owning both a TACR-1 and the superb TAC-T you see here.
Paul traces his interest in crash tenders to having seen the TACR-1 at air days (his father was in the Fleet Air Arm) back in the seventies. ‘I didn’t really know what it was at the time but tracked one down 30 years later and managed to buy and restore it. My interest is in crash tenders rather than fire appliances, and because of my existing enthusiasm for Land Rovers – I’ve had many of them over the years – the logical thing to do was to look at Land Rover airfield crash tenders. Hence I have a TACR-1, a TACT-T, and I’ve recently acquired an ACR-T which is another RAF crash vehicle that predates the TACR-1; it was a powder vehicle rather than foam. That’s the next to be restored.’