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1952 American LaFrance O-11A

1952 American LaFrance O-11A in The Iron Petticoat, Movie, 1956 IMDB

Class: Trucks, Fire truck — Model origin: US

1952 American LaFrance O-11A

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle


mm CH

2006-04-01 03:27


1952 American LaFrance O-11A airport fire truck

firebird86 US

2006-04-01 03:43


MM: I am impressed...I couldnt find anything on the truck :king:

DodgeMan US

2006-04-03 21:07


There was also an O-10A which was very similar.

Sunbar UK

2006-04-03 21:18


Confirmed......... It says "Type O-11A" on the cab door.

Fireman5230 US

2008-09-18 21:20


O-11A were made mostly in 1954. Most also were painted Red. Sometime in the mid to late 60's they started to paint some OD Green like this. But even in Viet Nam most were red. Then in the late 70's the USAF painted any left Lime Yellow.

disabldfirefiter US

2009-07-25 20:01


This is an American LaFrance O-11A. The O-10 had only one of the turrets seen on the roof of the O-11A, and it was on the centerline of the cab in the O-10. American LaFrance built over 1,100 O-10 and O-11A & B models for the U.S. Air Force in the 1950s. The O-10s srarted coming out during the Korean War. The O-11B had the same general cab type, but had one large roof turret that was much more powerful and easier to use. The turrets on the O-10s and O-11As used pistol-grip controls (one can be seen, center bottom of cab front window on our left), and to change from straight stream to narrow or wide fog would require controls to pull cables that made the stream shapers rotate around the turret axis. In this picture of a probably overseas-based O-11A (from the OD paint-job) the straight stream shaper is in place, pointing forward, seen above the red flasher light. You may see the two different-sized screened fog shapers to the left of the straight stream shaper in this photo. What you may not see in the shadows under the slanted cab-front bottom are usually 3 "ground-sweep" nozzles, one in the middle pinted directly forward, and the other two would be slanted slightly to the sides for good ground coverage. On some O-11s, there was only one ground sweep nozzle, in the center. There were also under-truck nozzles, in case fire flared up inder the rig. The turret on the "B" model had cables that would close clam-shell-type shapers over the foam nozzles, which would change the shape of the foam stream, rather than three different foam shapers. The "B" turret also had separate water nozzles, although as part of the whole turret. These has small deflectors used to create a water fog stream, very similar to water deflectors on fire sprinklers in industrial or commercial buildings. How do I know? I was a U.S. Air Force firefighter from 1972 to '77. I drove an O-11B at Loring AFB, Maine. I had trained on the O-11A at fire school Chanute AFB, IL. but never saw another one on any active base I worked. Also, my last name is, LaFrance! (no connection to American LaFrance, however, & sadly!)

Fireman5230, please contact me! Thanks

-- Last edit: 2009-07-25 20:15:58

Fireman5230 US

2011-04-12 06:40


Doing some research for Fire Trucks at War website... It looks as those this has a P-# on the back cab door. There was only one Base in the UK that used OD Green back then... I think you will find this was from RAF Lakenheath. I am still looking to confirm - Without being able to see the P-# (Serial Number used at first back then) it is hard to confrim.

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