Facebook-groep: Aviation Tractor Drivers:

Ik heb zelf een facebook-groep aangemaakt genaamd: "Aviation tractor drivers" met als info: "This is a group for tractor drivers of all airports around the world, military or civilian. Interested parties are also welcome". Misschien dat er animo voor is onder bijv. de (ex-)trekkerchauffeurs van de Koninklijke Luchtmacht die wel of niet afkomstig zijn van de LIMOS te Nijmegen. Het is voor mij uitproberen van het beheren van een facebook-groep en voor mij is dat voor vliegtuigtrekkerschauffeurs omdat dat mijn werk was als dienstplichtig soldaat bij de Koninklijke Luchtmacht op vliegbasis Leeuwarden. Ik heb daar de tijd van mijn leven gehad en had daar een hele grote verantwoordelijkheid om daar voor miljoenen achter de trekker te hebben.

Foto is afkomstig van: Con van Veen.

Voor degene die een facebook-account hebben en graag lid willen worden van deze groep kunnen op de onderstaande link drukken en dan aanmelden: 



Hieronder staan berichten die ik heb gezet op de Facebookgroep: "Aviation Tractor Drivers".


German RF-4E Phantom II being towed down the taxitrack at Soesterberg AB in the Netherlands. Daily Dose of Nostalgia. Photo: Marcel de Jong.


In front of the entrance to the Avro Heritage Museum on the old Woodford airfield near Stockport and south of Manchester, Cheshire: RAF Tractor MF Ferguson TEF with a bouncing bomb on the trailer. A bomb designed to bounce at a target over water in a calculated manner to avoid obstacles such as torpedo nets. Was developed during World War II, and was intended to be dropped from an airplane to blow up a dam. It was a variant of a depth charge. Ordinary bombing of a dam is ineffective. Photo: Richard Tattersall.


Hawker Hunter at RAF Scampton towed by a Reliance Mercury Tug. Photo: Maxine Grundy.


A Dutch AT-16 'Harvard' of 'Royal Air Force Historic Flight'. The AT-16s were mainly used by the Royal Netherlands Air Force as a training aircraft for the advanced pilot training (VVO) and the pilot instructor training (VIO) at Gilze-Rijen Air Base until 1962. They were produced by the American company North American Aviation in 1943. Photo from Facebook page: Koninklijke Luchtmacht Historische Vlucht. 


Avro Lancaster NX611 "Just Jane", with Bomber Command Re-Enactors... Picture: Geoff Oliver.


On days like this - when the sky is blue and the grass is green ..... Lancaster : NX611 'Just Jane' at East Kirkby - March 2012. Source from Facebook page:  Warbirdapps.


Well, this is just turning into B-24 Week, isn't it?

Here's a photo from the Henry Ford Museum of Henry Ford II on the tug as the last B-24 Liberator comes off the assembly line at Willow Run. It was posted in the Warbird Information Exchange Facebook Group by Tom Walsh and we thought it fit in well with our other posts so far this week.

According to Lance Kuhn from the WIX group, the aircraft was B-24M-30-FO, 44-51928 and the date was 28 June 1945. Lance tells us it was flown later to RFC Kingman for storage and scrapping.

If you haven't already joined the WIX group, check them out at https://www.facebook.com/groups/wixhq/

Source: Commemorative Air Force B29 B24 Squadron.


Hunter F6 of 325 sqdn, which belongs to Soesterberg, increased the joy of the visitors at the open day at Eindhoven in September 1967. On the left another local F-84F and behind the nose the tail of a T-33A. In August 1968 the Hunter (with 1500 flying hours) was sold to Hawker and after renovation it finally ended up with the Jordanian Air Force in 1971. Saw the Hunter van Soesterberg leave. The nose registration had been painted away, the Hunter still had the Klu roundel. Source: Henk Schakelaar.


Starfighters consigned to the Royal Norwegian Air Force under the US Military Assistance Programme, are towed on August 7 1963 through one of the main streets in Bodo to the nearby airbase. The 104's were delivered to Norway aboard the aircraft carrier USS Croatan. Source: Gerrit Boxem.


As a result of Air Ministry specification B.9/32, the Handley Page HP.52 Hampden was designed as an RAF twin-engine medium bomber. It was part of the trio of large twin-engine bombers procured for the RAF, joining the Armstrong Whitworth Whitley and Vickers Wellington. As the newest of the three the Hampden it made her first flight on 21 June 1936 and was often referred to by her crews as the "Flying Suitcase" because of its cramped crew conditions. The Hampden was powered by Bristol Pegasus XVIII radials giving it a topspeed of 398 km/h.
Serving in the early stages of the Second World War, it bore the brunt of the early bombing war over Europe, taking part in the first night raid on Berlin on 25 August 1940, which was aimed at Tempelhof Airport and the first 1,000-bomber raid on Cologne on 30 May 1942. When it became obsolete, after a period of mainly operating at night, it was retired from RAF Bomber Command service in late 1942. A number were transferred to RAF Coastal Command and were phased out in december 1943. Within RAF Bomber Command, by 1943, the rest of the trio were also being replaced by the larger four-engined heavy bombers such as the Handley Page Halifax and the Avro Lancaster.
Painting by Michael Turner.


The Lancaster is a World War II 4-engine heavy bomber built by Avro. The Lancaster was mainly used by the Royal Air Force.

My thanks to Red Bone from the Poderío Bélico group for the image. It's "Preparations" by digital artist Piotr Forkasiewicz.



Cletrac tractor in Victory Museum in Grootegast.


Clarktor 6 Aircraft tug 1943 in Victory Museum in Grootegast.


Foxtrot dispersal at RAF Scampton. Photo: Mick Hibbert.


The Dassault Rafale is a so-called multi-role combat aircraft from Marcel Dassault Industries, the makers of the Mirage series. Towed by a Schopf F59 from Goldhofer Airport Technology. Joint Warrior 2013. Photo: Chasse Embarquée.