Ayres Thrush Commander
1968
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Ayres Thrush Commander

The Snow S-2A, designed by Leland Snow in 1958, was offered with 220hp Continental (S-2A), 450hp Pratt & Whitney (S-2B), and 600hp Pratt & Whitney (S-2D) radials.

In 1965 Snow sold the manufacturing rights to Aero Commander Inc of Bethany, Oklahoma, who renamed it Ag Commander S-2D. Two years later when Aero Commander became part of North American Rockwell, the design was further developed with a fully-enclosed cockpit, electric flaps and an enlarged 1818-litre chemical hopper and marketed as the S-2R Thrush Commander from a production line at Albany, Georgia.

The Thrush Commander proved popular with crop-dusting and spraying operators, and also for aerial seeding, fertilizing and even water-bombing. Its robust structure was carefully designed to absorb energy on impact and thus protect the pilot from serious injury in a crash, and the ease of access to its corrosion-proofed tubular fuselage structure via quick-release side panels greatly facilitated cleaning chemical deposits from the airframe.

In 1977 Rockwell International disposed of the Thrush Commander type certificate and all production facilities to Frederick Ayres of Ayres Corporation, who continued production at Albany while working on a number of improvements to the basic design. Among these was a trial installation of a 750shp Pratt & Whitney of Canada PT6A turboprop engine which was aimed both at reducing operating costs and solving the increasingly difficult problem of obtaining spares for the radial piston engines powering all previous Snow/ Commander/Thrush models. The PT6-powered Turbo Thrush (known in the business as the 'Hush Thrush' because of its quietness compared to the Radials) is now in full production at Albany alongside the standard S-2R Thrush 600 and 800 which are offered with either Pratt & Whitney or Polish Pezetel 3S 600hp powerplants or an 800hp Wright Cyclone. The Turbo Thrush also incorporates a larger 2273-litre chemical hopper, and for pilot comfort all current production models offer optional air conditioning and even stereo cassette decks. A two-seat Thrush has been developed to enable a mechanic/flagman to be ferried to working sites or to permit dual instruction for trainee Ag pilots. Parts of the cabin and the outer wings of the Thrush were used for the PZL M-18 Dromader.

Bill Gunston "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Commercial Aircraft", 1980

Ayres Thrush Commander


Specification 
 MODELThrush 600
 CREW1
 ENGINE1 x 600hp Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp 9-cylinder radial engine
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight3130 kg6901 lb
    Empty weight1678 kg3699 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan13.51 m44 ft 4 in
    Length8.95 m29 ft 4 in
    Height2.79 m9 ft 2 in
    Wing area30.34 m2326.58 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Cruise speed200 km/h124 mph
    Range648 km403 miles

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Ayres Thrush CommanderA three-view drawing (1107 x 1371)

Comments
oscar santillan, oscarsantillan20101=gmail.com, 10.06.2014

I have one Ayres "Thrush" for sale. Contact me for more information. PRICE 22 000 USD. DLLS

Hasabo Ali, hasabo57=rocketmail.com, 11.12.2012

I hope mail me the Maintenance Manual & Illustrated parts catalog for the THRUSH COMMANDER and PRATT & WHITNEY maintenance , Overhaul Manuals and IPC

Hasabo Ali, hasabo57=rocketmail.com, 11.12.2012

I hope mail me the Maintenance Manual & Illustrated parts catalog for the THRUSH COMMANDER and PRATT & WHITNEY maintenance , Overhaul Manuals and IPC

Domingo Salazar, beechd18=gmail.com, 05.09.2011

Saludos ! Tengo 22 aņos volando S2R y tengo un mes de reposo porque se me fue la bomba mecanica de combustible y capotie.

L.George, ladelleg=hotmail.com, 19.11.2010

want to buy s2r thrush any cond.

gary woods, woods.gary699=gmail.com, 11.11.2010

Ayres Thrush Commander
1968 for sale @ cheaper rate.
do contact me if you are interested.

carlos motta, bananaduster=yahoo.com, 15.09.2010

I want to know the operation costs of this ag-plane and the fuel consumption per hour

M.MOVAHED, ARMA803=YAHOO.COM, 02.08.2010

IWANT TO TAKE COPY FROM PUBLICATION OF A/C FOR EXAMPLE AYRES THRUSH COMMANDER S2R-R1340 MAINTENANCE MANUAL,FLIGHT MANUAL, PARTS CATALOG, SEVICE BULLETIN AND AD FROM 2006 UP TO 2010 AND A AM GLAD FOR YOUR HELP AND THANK FOR THAT

M.MOVAHED, ARMA803=YAHOO.COM, 15.06.2010

HELLO
IWANT TO TAKE COPY FROM PUBLICATION OF A/C FOR EXAMPLE AYRES THRUSH COMMANDER S2R-R1340 MAINTENANCE MANUAL,FLIGHT MANUAL, PARTS CATALOG, SEVICE BULLETIN AND AD FROM 2006 UP TO 2010 AND A AM GLAD FOR YOUR HELP AND THANK FOR THAT

Cesar Lapoint, lapointt=hotmail.com, 13.05.2010

Hi i am from Venezuela and Pilot,I fly thrush with R1340 N2 with reductor in front and three blades hidraulic and big,empty weight mor full gas and oil is 5000 Lbs,I effect valenc and weight ,its need 45 pounds for backward, the proprietary say,no need this weight,for mi is weight nose and dont fly good. The owner dont fly,I need explicacion or other explanecion for demotracion,for wath is nesesary the weight and valance .thanks for you attencion, by

Andres Frasser, guguifrasser=hotmail.com, 23.04.2010

I want to buy a S2R, please Contact me guguifrasser@hotmail.com or guguifrasser@gmail.com send information about your S2R.

Kiril, chochkov=aero-x.eu, 05.04.2010

I have Piper (PA-25 & PA-36), Ayres S-2R "Thrush" and Cessna 188 agricultural aircraft for sale. Contact me for more information.
E-mail: chochkov@aero-x.eu
Website: www.Aero-X.eu

Jack, jckmgnssn=yahoo.com, 07.03.2010

flew for Mose lake Warden air s2r's

luis piche, luis.piche=gmail.com, 24.02.2010

hello, good night, i built aircraft in wood, and i need the dimention of the turbo trush, because y want to contruct in a scale model

RAY, mr_bokaie=yahoo.com, 11.10.2009

Hi i want to have the delivery price of this Ayres S-2R
plane. thanks Ray B.

Kiril, chochkov=aero-x.eu, 20.07.2009

I have one Ayres S-2R "Thrush" for sale. Contact me for more information.

John Shelton, zerocinco=yankeeairpirate.net, 21.05.2009

The S2D with the P.W. R-1340 was a great ag plane and the general formula for the first 600 h.p. Air Tractor. Well balanced controls, enough power for a hot day, good manners and great turns. They were a great money-maker with a low fatigue factor. Next in line was the S2R which moved the business into the bigger birds. In 16000 hours of flying, this was my favorite.

M.MOVAHHD, arma803=yahoo.com, 28.01.2009

HELLO GOOD NIGHT
I WANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT FLIGHT AND ENGINE INSTRUMENTS HAVE WHAT TIME HOURS LIFE TIME FOR EXAMPLE SIRSPEED IND. T.B.O HOURS. THANK YOU FOR HELP AMD PLEASE SEND FOR ME INFORMATION AND COMPANY DOCUMENT FOR TIME LIFE OF THEM.

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