History of the Fire Boss
In 2001 Wipaire took up the challenge to create the next generation of
firefighting solution. The industry needed a modern, reliable
and economical solution to supplement the aging aerial firefighting fleet.
It didn’t take long to identify the AT-802 as the perfect airframe to adapt and Leland Snow of Air Tractor was eager to see the project undertaken. By 2003 the Fire Boss was certified in the US.
off of the world-renowned Wipline 13000 float model, the team at
Wipaire created the Wipline 10000 scooping float. It quickly became
clear that the AT-802 paired with Wipline 10000 floats was going to be a
Pilots who flew it loved it, and agencies saw excellent performance and cost-savings. Almost 20 years later and we are proud to have over 100 Fire Bosses in operation around the world.