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User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3390 posts, RR: 9
Posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3466 times:

Well ever since I been here Air North has been using this modified forklift type thing to tow their planes around instead of just yer standart tug thing. Everywhere they go with it is plowed year round, and pretty much all paved, so its not like the normal equiptment wouldn't work. Looks kinda cool though, but what exactly is it called? I've always call it "that forklift puller thinger"...

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/P1010536.jpg



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User currently offlineMtnmanmakalu From Ireland, joined Nov 2004, 515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3428 times:

It looks like a regular Cat front-end loader that they have modified to be a pushback tug.... I thought I had seen it all, but this is a great pic- Thanx!!

mtnman  Smile



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User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7545 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3330 times:

Yeah, that to me is a front-end loader, but I would have thought that a regular tug would have been cheaper then one of those expensive beasts.


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User currently offlineSkyexRamper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3271 times:

Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 2):
but I would have thought that a regular tug would have been cheaper then one of those expensive beasts.

I'm sure the attachment is removable as they probably use it for moving cargo, for mx and snow removal. So having one or 2 machines for multiple tasks saves money. But then again, they only have 1 jetway and a hanger at their hub in whitehorse. I caught a show called, Wings over Canada on tv, (late night of course) in which their whole episode was on Air North, they've also done Air Canada and First Air. Normally its the host flying around in his C-185 amphib, which is still cool.


User currently offlineBirdy92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3240 times:

Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 2):
Yeah, that to me is a front-end loader, but I would have thought that a regular tug would have been cheaper then one of those expensive beasts.

The advantage is that you can use it as a dual use machine, snow removal and a modified pushback tug. So depending on the total use of a tug it may in fact be cheaper to use the Cat loader as a tug

Bill


User currently offlineSkywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3126 times:

At the airport in Burnet, a small town in Texas, they use small farm tractors to pull the aircraft around. I found it amusing. Great Pic!


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User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2903 times:

Quoting SkyexRamper (Reply 3):
probably use it for moving cargo, for mx and snow removal.

Moving cargo maybe but the only cargo is what fits in the bellies of their 732s, HS748s and B99, so I don't think they have that much to move. mx maybe but how? Snow removal here is done by the airport not airlines.


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User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4566 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2847 times:

If you've ever used a tractor to push back a plane... you might be a redneck.

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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2848 times:

It looks rather like this, although I'm sure it's a newer model...

http://www.cat.com/cda/layout?m=58040&x=7


User currently offlineSkyexRamper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2767 times:

Quoting CanadianNorth (Reply 6):
mx maybe but how?

To help move an apu or engine when its off for mx. Move tires around...I dunno, it was an idea.


User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3704 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2752 times:
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I call it a GHETTO pushback tractor.


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User currently offlineJeb94 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 602 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2748 times:

Wow. That's gotta be a tricky bugger to handle on anything but straight pushbacks. Front end loaders don't steer like a normal tug and certainly have more power than needed to move a 737.

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