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 of Luchtmachten over de hele wereld. 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.

 

-I have created a Facebook group myself called: "Aviation tractor drivers" with the info: "This is a group for tractor drivers of all airports around the world, military or civilian. Interested parties are also welcome". Perhaps there is enthusiasm for it among, for example, the (former) tractor drivers of the Royal Netherlands Air Force or Air Forces around the world. For me it's trying out managing a Facebook group and for me that's for airplane tractor drivers because that was my job as a soldier at the Royal Netherlands Air Force at Leeuwarden Air Base. I had the time of my life there and had a very big responsibility to be behind the tractor for millions.

 

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

 

* For those who have a Facebook account and would like to join this group can click on the link below and then register:

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2329292837139765?group_view_referrer=profile_browser

 

Description of the cover photo:

A Dutch General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon, the J-204 of the 315 Squadron, being towed by a Douglas Super Taskmaster aircraft tractor at Twenthe Air Base during the open days of the Royal Netherlands Air Force on July 4, 1987. The J-204 was part of the static display there on the short track. The J-204 entered service with the Royal Netherlands Air Force on June 17, 1986 and was built under license by Fokker and, in addition to the 315 Squadron, also flew with the 313, 322 and 323 Squadrons. In mid-1995 it was converted into an F-16AM (Midlife update) and April 4, 2011 sold to the Chilean Air Force. Photo: Con van Veen.


 

In the photo: A Eurofighter Typhoon of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) being towed by a Schopf F59 aircraft tractor during exercise Cobra Warrior, which was held from March 9 to March 24, 2023. The Royal Saudi Air Force operated six Typhoons from Coningsby Air Base , Lincoln, United Kingdom. Exercise Cobra Warrior takes place twice a year and is the Royal Air Force's largest aerial exercise and is designed to train participants of allied Air Forces in high-intensity tactical air combat operations and is led by personnel from Waddington Air Base in Lincolnshire, United Kingdom. Photo: Ian Hampson.


 

A decommissioned McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA-112) at Naval Air Station Fort Worth, Texas, United States, being towed by an A/S32A-45 Mid Range Tow Tractor on January 25, 2024. The F/A-18A is moved from Fort North to Westworth Village City Hall by the Marines of VMFA-112 in collaboration with local police. Photos: Petty Officer 2nd Class Oscar Diaz.

Static by the Westworth Village City Hall:


 

A Spanish Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star being towed by an Iberia aircraft tractor on May 11, 2024 at the aviation museum at Sabadell Airport. The airport is located southeast of the Catalan city of Sabadell in Spain. All aircraft from the museum's forward platform will be moved to the side field, allowing for better display and easier access to perform maintenance tasks. Photo: Fundació Parc Aeronautic de Catalunya.


 

A Dutch Republic RF-84F Thunderflash, the P-14 photo reconnaissance aircraft of the 306 Squadron stationed at Deelen Air Base, is being prepared for the next flight on January 11, 1957. In the foreground a Clarktor CT40 aircraft tractor and in the background the M-1 building. The P-14 was operational with the Royal Netherlands Air Force from October 1956 to March 1963 and then went to Turkey. Photo: Jan Scholten.


 

A French Dassault Mirage IIIB2-RV with registration number 247 being towed by a Tracma TEG 1500 aircraft tractor on May 14, 2024 at the Museum Canopee Châteaudun at Châteaudun Air Base east of Le Mans in France. The French Air and Space Force left Châteaudun Air Base on July 21, 2021 and to this day, Châteaudun's main purpose is the storage of all French military aircraft that have been decommissioned. Photo: La collection Canopee à Châteaudun.


 

In the background a Boeing Defense & Space Industries AH-64 Apache helicopter of the Royal Netherlands Air Force being towed by an ATA E800 electric aircraft tractor at Gilze-Rijen Air Base. Photo: Levi Duursma.


 

A Boeing-built MQ-25A T-1 unmanned aircraft is tested aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on December 21, 2021 in a remote oceanic region. Pictured is this $150 million ultra-modern drone being towed by an A/S32A-49 US Navy Carrier Aircraft Tug. Photo: The Daily Aviation.


 

The new colors have been unveiled of the McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet of the demonstration team of the 1st Canadian Air Division on May 4, 2024. This in honor of the hundredth anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force on April 1, 2024. Almost all photos show the Hornet towed by a Sellick aircraft tractor at Cold Lake Air Base in Canada. Photos: Canadian Forces CF18 Demo Team.


 

An American McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle, the latest version of the US Air Force's main interceptor, assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force, Lakenheath in England, during exercise Juniper Falcon at Uvda Air Base in Israel that was held on May 7 to 18, 2017. This exercise takes place every year among other things at this air base and is held between the American European Command and Israeli Defense Force. In the photo the F-15E is being towed by an aircraft tractor without a towbar, the NadHaf IAF Equipment. Photo: AiirSource.


 

A Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon of the American Air Demonstration Squadron the “Thunderbirds”, one of six towed by a Ford F-350 Bobtail airfield tractor during the California Capital Airshow held on September 24, 2021 at Mather Airport in Sacramento, California in the United States. In addition to demonstrating the elite skills all pilots must possess, the “Thunderbirds” demonstrate the incredible capabilities of the U.S. Air Force's premier multi-role fighter jet, the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

Photo: Oscar Garza.


 

On April 22, 2024, the new color scheme was unveiled of the Typhoon demonstration aircraft the ZJ913 of the 29 squadron at Coningsby Air Base in Lincolnshire of the Royal United Kingdom Air Force. It was designed to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 2024. In addition to the camouflage and iconic black and white stripes used by most Allied aircraft on D-Day, the ZJ913 also carries the letters FM-G on both sides, which is a specific code representing the Hawker Typhoon, which was flown by Denzil Jenkins the commander of 257 Squadron at the end of the Second World War. In the photo is the ZJ913 being towed by a Schopf F59 aircraft tractor. Photo: Daniel Kennedy Photography.


 

June 4, 2013, the restored Dutch Lockheed F-104 Starfighter D-8114 gets a much-needed wash in the wash hangar at Volkel Air Base. After all, he has to look his best for the Air Force Days in just under two weeks on June 14 and 15, 2013 at Volkel Air Base. Unfortunately, you don't have to look at it very closely, as there are still plenty of details that need to be worked on. For the time being, we (Historic Aircraft Volkel) have been happy that we have been able to put the big pieces together. In the photo the D-8114 is portrayed together with a Mercedes-Benz MB Trac 700K aircraft tractor. Photo: Theo Van Den Boomen.


 

A McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet of the Swiss Air Force being towed by a Douglas Tugmaster DC5 aircraft tractor on May 16, 2020 at Payerne Military Air Base in Switzerland. Photo: Urs Wittwer.


 

In the photo an American Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor being towed by an NMC-Wollard 200MB4V2 aircraft tractor on February 2, 2024 at Nellis Air Force Base in the American state of Nevada. This F-22 Raptor assigned to Elmendorf Air Force Base in the American state of Alaska is about to be refueled by a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III assigned to Charleston Air Force Base in the American state of South Carolina. Refueling is intended to give the US Air Force fleet more flexibility in combat, increasing the capabilities of each aircraft. The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is the most advanced fighter aircraft of the US Air Force. The fighter jet is produced in parts by the companies Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Boeing and Pratt & Whitney. Photo: Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Tan.


 

A Swiss Air Force McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet being towed by a Douglas Tugmaster DC 5 aircraft tractor on November 20, 2022 during Exercise Yorknight at RAF Leeming located near Leeming, North Yorkshire, England. Exercise Yorknite, held from November 15 to December 9, 2022, is the annual night flying training of the Swiss Air Force with the F/A-18C Hornets intended to develop and qualify the night flying skills of the pilots. Photo: Colin Norwood.


 

A replica of the German Messersmitt Me262 one of 5 reconstructions carried out by the European Airbus being towed by a Schopf F59 aircraft tractor on July 17, 2023 at RAF Coningsby in the Lincolnshire district, England. The Messerschmitt Me 262, nicknamed Schwalbe, was the first operational fighter aircraft powered by jet engines. The aircraft was used to a limited extent by the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. Two Messersmitt Me 262s are now flying at air shows again. They have been recreated from a Me 262B-1a captured by the Americans, but with modern jet engines. Photos: Dave Gledhill.


 

The Philippine Armed Forces Western Command (WESCO) is preparing for the Balikatan exercise in Palawan. From April 22 to May 10, 2024, joint training with U.S. forces will enhance readiness. During Balikatan Exercise 2024, participants will conduct a series of complex missions in various domains, including maritime security, detection and targeting, air and missile defense, dynamic missile attacks, cyber defense and information operations. In the photo, the American participating Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion helicopter is towed by a BT-10 baggage tow tractor on April 19, 2024 at Antonio Bautista air base in Puerto Princesa, Palawan in the Philippines. Photo: Armed Forces of the Philippines.


 

NOW ON DISPLAY at the Pima Air and Space aerospace museum:

The Lockheed P-3B Orion (s/n 155299) airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for US Customs and Border Protection.

It started out in 1968 with the Royal Australian Air Force for almost 15 years. Then it became the first of eight to receive AEW&C modifications and spent 35 years with US Customs, minus a short loan to the US Navy Civil Engineer Corps.

Fun fact: the “P” in P-51 stood for “pursuit” but this transitioned into “F” for “fighter”. The “P” in P-3 stands for “patrol” as defined by the 1962 U.S. Tri-Service aircraft designation system.

In the picture the Lockheed P-3B Orion is being towed by a Grove MB2 Pushback tractor on April 17, 2024 at the Pima Air and Space aerospace museum located in the city of Tucson in the southern part of the American state of Arizona. Photo: Pima Air and Space.


 

The David Brown VIGTC310 RAF aircraft tractor was a common sight on British airfields throughout the Second World War and until the mid-1950s, where it was used extensively for towing bombs and aircraft, such as the Avro Lancaster NX611 bomber, which is pictured together with the David Brown at the RAF Spilsby Memorial Museum near the market town of Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England. Photo: Robert Griffiths.


 

A German Eurofighter EF-2000 Typhoon S the 30+90 of the Air Force Squadron 71 (Luftwaffengeschwader 71) “Richthofen” being towed by a Mercedes-Benz Unimog U300 on March 23, 2017 at NATO Wittmund Air Base in Germany. On the occasion of its restoration as an independent Air Force squadron on July 1, 2016, the 30+90 received this special color scheme named after the heroic German pilot from the First World War “Manfred von Richthofen” or the “Red Baron”. Photo: Manfred Gerdes.


 

A South African Aérospatiale SA 316B Alouette III helicopter being towed by a Toyota TD25 Baggage Tractor on February 23, 2023 at the South Africa Air Force Museum at Ysterplaat Air Force Base on the southwestern coast of South Africa. The Aérospatiale SE 3160 / SA 316 / SA 319 Alouette III is a light helicopter with seven seats and one turbo engine, produced by the French manufacturer Sud-Aviation, later Aérospatiale, today EADS and Eurocopter. Photo: Norman Larsen.


 

A McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet fighter aircraft from the flight demonstration team of the 1st Canadian Air Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force being pushed into the shelter by a Sellick Aicraft Tow Tug on March 26, 2024 at Cold Lake Air Base in the province of Alberta, Canada. In that shelter, the fighter aircraft will be provided with a new color scheme in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force on April 1, 2024. Photo: Canadian Forces CF18 Demo Team.


 

A Bayraktar Kizilelma (English: Red Apple) is an unmanned fighter aircraft that is towed by an (unknown to me) aircraft tractor during the Teknofest festival that was held from August 30 to September 3, 2023 at Ankara Airport, Esenboğa in Turkey. The Bayraktar Kızılelma is a single-engine, jet-powered, radar-imperceptible and aircraft carrier-suitable unmanned combat aircraft currently under development by the Turkish defense company Baykar. Teknofest is Turkey's first and only aerospace and technology festival organized by the Turkish Technology Team Foundation (T3 Foundation) and the Ministry of Industry and Technology and supported by institutions that play a crucial role in technological development of Turkey.

Photo: Mʌʜɘɗɩ ʜʌssʌŋ Rʌɓɓɩ.


 

The Commercial Aircraft Company of China, or COMAC, has rolled out its new C919 medium-range aircraft. The twin-engine aircraft is China's answer to industrial giants such as the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320. In the picture it is being towed by a Push Back GT15D aircraft tractor suitable for aircraft up to 125 tons. Photo: Wan Quan.


 

A Soviet-built MiG-23MS (NATO nickname: “Flogger”) being towed by a Harlan aircraft tractor at the National Museum of US Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, United States. The US Air Force's 4477th Test Squadron, the “Red Eagles”, flew this aircraft during Project Constant Peg, a top secret program to train American fighter pilots to fly against Soviet aircraft. In February 2017, this aircraft was released and transferred to the National Museum of US Air Force.

Photo: Ken LaRock.


 

The 'Flying Legends' air show is organised and produced by 'The Fighter Collection', based at Duxford in Cambridgeshire. This event took place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July 2017 and combined the flying displays of historic warbirds, along with engaging nostalgic activities, to create an authentic 1940s atmosphere at IWM Duxford's wartime airfield.
In the picture a Noorduyn MK.IIB Harvard FE 695 G-BTXI being towed by a New Holland L60 tractor.

Photo: Plane Talking UK Podcast.


 

The British Ministry of Defense announced on October 1, 2019 that on October 13, 2019, British Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightnings (that's not a spelling mistake, Great Britain has actually adopted the designation "Lightning" instead of the "Lightning II" used by all other nations) landed for the first time on the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, which was currently sailing off the American east coast for the deployment of the “Westlant 19” Carrier Strike Group. In the photo a British F-35B Lightning is being towed by a Schopf F59N RN Deck Tractor. Photo: Crown Copyright.


 

A German Panavia Tornado IDS the 45+59 of Taktische Luftwaffengeschwader 51 “Immelmann” (TLG-51) being towed by a Mercedes-Benz Unimog U300 aircraft tractor on June 14, 2023 at Jagel Air Base, Schleswig, Germany.

Photo: Mariusz Wozniak | netAirspace.


 

An Antonov AN-124-100 (NATO reporting name: Condor) of the Ukrainian Antonov Airlines visited Gilze-Rijen Air Base on April 5, 2024 to transport a Boeing CH-47 Chinook to Iraq as part of the military commitment of the Netherlands to the NATO mission there. The Chinook is from the 298 Squadron of the Royal Netherlands Air Force stationed at Gilze-Rijen Air Base. Two more Chinooks will be heading that way later this month. The Antonov was already at Eindhoven Air Base earlier this week on April 3, 2024. In the photo the Chinook is being pushed into the Antonov International Cargo Transporter by an ATA E800 electric tractor. Photo comes from the Facebook page: 298 Sqn RNLAF.


 

An Indian Air Force Dassault Mirage 2000 being towed by a Schopf F59 aircraft tractor on February 27, 2023 at RAF Waddington, 7 km south of Lincoln in England. It is one of the 70 aircraft that participated in Exercise Cobra Warrior, which was held from March 2 to 24, 2023 at RAF Waddington. The exercise takes place twice a year and is the largest air exercise of the Royal Air Force. It is designed to train participants in high-intensity tactical air combat operations and is led by ground crews from RAF Waddington. Participants from the air force detachments from United Kingdom, Belgium and the United States and for the first time from Finland, India and Saudi Arabia. Photo: Phil Mc.


 

A British Blackburn/Hawker Siddely Buccaneer S2B, XX894, is towed by a Massey Ferguson MF-50 aircraft tractor on April 1, 2024 at its home base at Cotswold Airport, a private airport near the village of Kemble in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. The Blackburn Buccaneer S2B was a low-level subsonic attack aircraft first introduced in 1973 that could be equipped with both conventional and nuclear weapons and served in the Royal Navy (RN) and later the Royal Air Force (RAF) and in 1994 with was retired and replaced by the Panavia Tornado. Cotswold airport is also home to “The Buccaneer Aviation Group” (TBAG), a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the two ex-Royal Air Force Buccaneer aircraft XX894 and XW544.

Photo: Plane Richie.


 

A Grumman EA-6B Prowler being towed by an A/S32A-45 Mid Range Tow Tractor on September 23, 2019 from his permanent position by the San Diego Air & Space Museum in California to the Marine Corps Air Station at Miramar also San Diego in California. This for the Miramar Air Show that will be held there from September 27 to 29, 2019.

Photo comes from the Facebook page: Warbirds Photography California.


 

A German McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II the 38+10 of the Tactical Air Force Wing 71 “Richthoven” (Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 71) being towed by a Mercedes-Benz Unimog U300 on May 21, 2013 at the NATO airport Wittmundhaven in Nedersaksen, Germany. The German Air Force phased out the last F-4F Phantoms in 2013, with the last flying on June 29, 2013, the Wing was already equipped with the replacement, the Eurofighter Typhoon EF2000. Photo: Christoph Stiegler.


 

A Royal Australian Air Force Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II being towed by a Toyota TD25 aircraft tractor at Williamtown Air Base, New South Wales, Australia on March 29, 2024. Photo: G.E.G. Aviation Photography.


 

A PZL-130 Orlik TC-1/2 Turboprop aircraft of the Orlik aerobatic team of the Polish Air Force being towed by an AM*36110-Frasia F40T aircraft tractor during the team's 20th anniversary celebration on April 20, 2018 at the Airport Radom-Sadków, Poland.

Photo: Sebastiano Polga.


 

A Dutch General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon Block 20 MLU the J-061 that was built under license by Fokker with a tail emblem of the 323 Squadron and operational since March 16, 1989 is now used as an instruction aircraft for the AMTC. The AMTC (Aircraft Maintenance Training Centre) is a training dock at Leeuwarden Air Base for MBO (Secondary Vocational Education) students who study aeronautical engineering at the ROCs (Regional Training Centers). In the photo, the J-061 is being towed by a Mercedes-Benz MB Trac 700K aircraft tractor at Leeuwarden Air Base on February 27, 2024. Photo: Harry Doesburg.

 

Een Nederlandse General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon Block 20 MLU de J-061 die onder licentie gebouwd is door Fokker met een staartembleem van het 323 Squadron en operationeel sinds 16 maart 1989 wordt nu in het heden gebruikt als instructiekist voor de AMTC. Het AMTC (Aircraft Maintenance Training Centre) is een opleidings dock op Vliegbasis Leeuwarden voor MBO (Middelbaar Beroeps Onderwijs) leerlingen die luchtvaarttechniek studeren aan de ROC's (Regionaal Opleidingscentrums). Op de foto wordt de J-061 versleept door een Mercedes-Benz MB Trac 700K vliegtuigtrekker op Vliegbasis Leeuwarden op 27 februari 2024. Foto: Harry Doesburg.


 

The towbarless towing of a McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet of the Swiss Air Force by a Lektro AP8850SDA-M electric aircraft tractor on August 11, 2015 at the Emmen Military Air Base located in the northwest of Lucerne in Switzerland.

Photo: Marschel Photography.


 

A French Air Force Dassault Mirage 2000D being towed by a Tracma Sovam K22 aircraft tractor on January 10, 2020 at the Mirage 2000D maintenance workshops at Nancy-Ochey Air Base in France. Photo: Fred Maraux.


 

A South Korean KAI KUH-1 Surion helicopter of Airline Korean Aerospace Industries being towed by a baggage tractor during the Dubai Airshow held from November 13 to 17, 2023 at Dubai Airport in Dubai World Central (DWC), United Arab Emirates.

Photo: Mirco Bonato.


 

A restored North-American P-51D Mustang being towed by a Harlan Classic Model HT aircraft tractor on November 11, 2023 at the Biggin Hill Historic Aircraft Centre at Ohakea Air Base in New Zealand. Photo: Brendon Deere.


 

The U.S. Air Force Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk drone being towed by a Ford F350 Bobtail Aircraft Tow Tractor on May 24, 2014 at Misawa Air Base in Japan. This is for the summer deployment of the drone from Andersen Air Force Base on the island of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. The island is a separate territory of the United States and is not independent.

Photo: The Air Show.


 

A General Dynamic F-16A Block 10D Fighting Falcon with registration 80-0509 of the United States Air Force being towed by a Dodge Bobtail aircraft tug at the Pima Air and Space aerospace museum located in the city of Tucson in the southern part of the American state of Aizona. This year the aircraft is 50 years old, it made its first flight in 1974 and now belongs to the museum's demonstration team. Pima Air and Space is one of the largest aerospace museum in the world. It covers an area of 80 hectares and has six hangars and a number of 425 aircraft. Photo: Pima Air and Space.


 

A General Dynamics F-16A MLU Block 15 Fighting Falcon of the 53rd Fighter Squadron of the Romanian Air Force being towed by a Schopf F59 aircraft tractor in May 2024 at the 86th Air Base "Lieutenant Aviator Gheorghe Mociorniță". This Air Base is located in the municipality of Borcea in the province of Călăraşi near the city of Feteşti in Romania. Photo: Plane Spotters Bacău.


 

A Havilland Canada CC-132 Dash7 of the Royal Canadian Air Force being towed by a Clarktor CT50 at the De Havilland Canada Limited (DHC) aircraft factory at Downsview Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Only 105 of the Dash7 were built by that aircraft manufacturer, two of which were purchased by the Royal Canadian Air Force and used mainly in Europe for personnel transport between 1979 and 1988. Photo: Mike Keahler.


 

A German Junkers Ju-52/3M from the Luftwaffe with registration F-AZJU being towed by a Fiat 670B agricultural tractor on June 9, 2019 at the Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis Aviation Museum located at the Aérodrome de Cerny in Ferté-Alais near Paris. The Junkers Ju-52/3M was used in the Second World War as a bomber and for dropping paratroopers and now belongs to the collection of that museum, which has more than 50 aircraft from the period of the Second World War from 1939 to 1945.

Photo: Didier Deforche.


 

A German Eurofighter Typhoon (Eurofighter EFA 2000) of the Tactical Air Force Squadron 74 being towed by a Mercedes-Benz Unimog U300 on October 17, 2023 at Neuburg Air Force Base in Bavaria, Germany. Neuburg is located on the Danube River and there lies one of the four Eurofighter bases of the German Air Force. Photo: Wolfgang Diwisch.


 

A Mikjan-Goerevitsj MiG-21 (NATO reporting name: Fishbed / Mongol) formerly the 919 of the East German Air Force and then after the fall of the Iron Curtain the 2240 of the Luftwaffe. This MiG-21 was then used as static display for the open day at the Dutch (Thirth Groups of Guided Weapons) 3GGW at Blomberg in Germany and after the dissolution of 3GGW in Blomberg it was taken to the Netherlands where it served as a gatekeeper at the former 804 squadron of the (Groups of Guided Weapons) GGW at De Peel Air Base. In the photo the Mig-21 is being towed by a Mercedes-Benz MB Trac 700K on March 31, 2006 at De Peel Air Base. Photo: Rene Wilthof.


 

A CT-133 Silver Star of the Red Knight, the demo team of the Royal Canadian Air Force, being towed by a TUG MA30 baggage tractor on November 6, 2021 at the Jet Aircraft Museum located at London International Airport, Ontario in Canada. This tractor, the TUG MA30, was built by the American ground support equipment manufacturer TUG Technologies in Kennesaw, Georgia. The design is closely modeled on the classic Clarktor CT6 but has a contemporary engine and transmission and is widely used at American airports. Photo: Jim L. Fisk.


 

A Chengdu JF-17 Thunder of the 26 Squadron 'Black Spiders' of the Pakistan Air Force being towed by a Douglas Equipment DB50 aircraft tractor for the static display during the Farnborough International Airshow held from July 19 to 25, 2010. This Airshow Held every 2 years at the former Royal Aircraft Establishment in Farnborough, Rushmoor, Hampshire in England.

Photo: Mark Taylor.


 

A General Dynamics (Fokker) F-16AM Fighting Falcon block 20 MLU of the display team of the Royal Netherlands Air Force being towed by a Mecedes-Benz Unimog U1400 during the ILA Berlin Air Show at Schönefeld Air Base, Berlin, Germany which was held from May 16 to 21, 2006. The ILA Berlin Air Show in German 'die Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung' is a major trade fair for the aerospace and defense industry with a public air show that attracted more than 250,000 visitors in 2006. The F-16AM J-055 gave a spirited demonstration of its flying skills. Photo: Bernie Brink.


 

The 31st Tactical Wing Boelcke in Nörvenich Air Base in Germany revealed their special painted EF2000 Eurofighter Typhoon 31+31, celebrating 125 years of Oswald Boelcke. Oswald Boelcke was one of the most famous German fighter pilots in the First World War and who developed the first principles of air combat tactics. This is bundled in the "Dicta Boelcke", which is a list of eight fundamental rules regarding air combat. In the photo the Typhoon is towed by a Mercedes-Benz Unimog U300 on July 18, 2016. Photo: Resi Krückel.


 

A General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon Block 15, built under license by the Fokker aircraft factory, with registration J-015, being towed by a Mercedes-Benz MB Trac 700K during the Air Force Open Days at Volkel Air Base held on June 18 and 19, 2009. With its beautiful color design, it is part of the F-16 Demo Team of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The administrator of the AirTeamCanon page had a nice quote about this: “The Mighty Lion of the Netherlands, reveals her claws”, about the performance of the J-015 at the 2013 air show of Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford, England was held on July 20 and 21, 2013. Photo: Theo Rombout.


 

On March 1, 2024, there was a delivery of two new Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters, the Q-41 and Q-42 from America, for the Royal Netherlands Air Force at Woensdrecht Air Base. These Apaches were built at the Boeing factory in Arizona near Falcon Field Airport in Mesa, United States. The transport of the two Apaches was provided by a C-17A Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft of the US Air Force. In the photo, the Q-42 is being towed by a Mercedes-Benz MB Trac 700K aircraft tractor. Photo: Jan Klijs.


 

An Agusta-Bell AB-212AM helicopter of the Italian Air Force being towed by a Tracma Sovam K22 aircraft tractor during the NATO Tigermeet 2019 at the French Air Base Mont-de-Marsan, held from 13 to 24 May 2019 with a spotters day on May 17. The participants of the Tigermeet 2019 were the NATO countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom and partner Austria. More than 1,500 military personnel consisting of air and ground crews and air traffic controllers, 60 fighter jets and 13 helicopters were involved in this exercise, which involved flying in large mixed aircraft formations to further sharpen skills and apply techniques and procedures. Photo comes from the Facebook page: CUBO Photo Milano.


 

A Royal Air Force Panavia Tornado GR4 being towed by a Schopf F59 aircraft tractor at RAF Marham in Norfolk, England, on February 28, 2019. The Royal Air Force retired its last Panavia Tornado GR4s on April 1, 2019 after an incredible career of almost four decades with their remarkable track record. Photo: Tim Clarke.


 

An AgustaWestland Apache AH-1 helicopter, which is a British license-built American Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopter, which has already been completely stripped and is being towed by a Schopf F59 aircraft tractor to a site for destruction at Wattisham Airport in Suffolk, England on February 14, 2024. This comes as the British Army's Apache AH-1 helicopter fleet is being replaced by the new Apache AH-64E helicopter, which the British Army describes as more lethal, agile and survivable than previous versions. Photo: Tom McGhee.


 

An American Grumman F8F Bearcat being towed by a Massey Ferguson 575 tractor during the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show held on September 23-24, 2017 at RAF Duxford, England, United Kingdom. The Grumman F8F Bearcat is an American single-engine carrier-based fighter aircraft introduced at the end of World War II. It served in the US Navy in the mid-20th century and was the last piston-engine aircraft from aircraft manufacturer Grumman Aicraft. Photo: Andrew Waller.


 

An American restored Lockheed P-38 Lightning “White” being towed by a Hebard Shop Mule aircraft tractor in October 2016 at the National Museum of World War II Aviation located in Colorado Springs. This aircraft is a twin-engine fighter during World War II and made its first flight in 70 years before the end of 2015. It will make its first public flight after the restoration at the 2024 Pikes Peak Regional Airshow also in Colorado Springs. Photo: John Guzzi Photography.


 

A U.S. Air Force Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bomber operational with the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, is towed into the parking lot by a USAF B-450 tow tractor at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii on February 12, 2012. This B-2 is one of four bombers currently deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, the southernmost island of the Mariana Islands, a group of islands west of the Mariana Trench in Micronesia, as part of the continued presence of bombers in the American Pacific. Photo: Shane A. Cuomo.


 

A Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey of the United States Air Force is an American made multi-mission, tiltrotor military aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and short take-off and landing (STOL). In the picture it has been towed by a Schopf F59 aircraft tractor at RAF Mildenhall operated by the Americans in Suffolk, England and it is been checking before departing the base. Photo: Ron Ella.


 

The Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton is an American high-altitude unmanned aircraft developed for and flown by the United States Navy as a surveillance aircraft. Together with its associated ground control station, it is an unmanned aircraft system. In the photo it is being towed by an A/S32A-45 Mid Range Tow Tractor at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, on December 16, 2021. Photo: Colin Demarest.


 

A Polish Air Force General Dynamic F-16D 4086 stationed at Warsaw Chopin Airport, Poland is towed by a Ford F-350 Bobtail Aircraft Tow Tractor. Photo comes from the Facebook page: Military Aircraft.


 

A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N789 EX being towed by an FM58AB Schopf F300 aircraft tractor during the Farnborough Air Show held from 14 to 20 July 2014. The aircraft was the main participation of the Boeing team at this Air Show on Farnborough Airport which is a general aviation business and executive airport in Farnborough, Rushmoor, Hampshire in England. The Boeing team is from the global aerospace company Boeing, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Glenn Stanley.


 

Hawker Hunter N-321 being towed by a Mercedes-Benz MB Trac 700K among the flowers at Gilze-Rijen air base, October 24, 2013. This Hunter T.8C with fake registration N-321 flew for the Dutch Hawker Hunter Foundation for several years. But because it suffered from too many technical problems to keep it in the air, it was discarded. In its place, a Hunter two-seater mk.68 from Switzerland (ex-J-4205) arrived in the course of 2021, which will fly with the Dutch Hawker Hunter Foundation in an RNLAF scheme with fake registration N-322. Source: IPMS Netherlands. Photo: Antoine Bosboom.


 

A B-29 Superfortress bomber “Doc” being towed by a TLD TMX-50 aircraft tow tractor at Boeing Field/King County International Airport, Seattle, Washington state on May 23, 2022. The B-29 has been restored by volunteers at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas, near the factory where this B-29 was built in 1944 and made its first flight since 1956 on July 17, 2016. Photo from the Facebook page: Modern Aviation.


 

A Boeing AH-6 Light Attack Helicopter towed by a Northwestern-Wollard NMC-100 aircraft tractor. AH-6 is a light attack and reconnaissance helicopter built on 30 years of special operations experience and AH-64 Apache helicopter development experience. Photo from Facebook page: Military Aircraft.


 

A Panavia Tornado ECR 46+29 of the German Air Force being towed by a Tracma aircraft tractor during the 50th edition of the NATO Tiger Meet at 103 Cambrai-Épinoy Air Base, France, held from 9 to 20 May 2011. This Tornado operates with the Jagdbomberstaffel 321/Jagdbombergeschwader 32 (1./JaboG 32 ECR) (ECR=electronic combat/reconnaissance) with its home base at Leichfeld Air Base, Germany. Photo: René Vink.


 

A Sikorsky MH-53E Sea Dragon based at Ellington Marine Airport, Houston, Texas, United States being towed by an NMC-Wollard Model 140 Tow Tractor. This heavy-duty helicopter meets the U.S. Navy's need for long-range minesweeping or airborne mine countermeasures missions and performs heavy-duty tasks for the Navy. Photo: Edar Armarkar Aviation Photography.


 

A Republic P-47D Thunderbolt “Bonnie” being towed by a Clarktor 6 Towing Tractor at its home base at the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot, North Dakota on September 11, 2023. The Thunderbolt was considered one of the best American fighters of World War II. The "Bonnie" is the personal aircraft of the 460th Fighter Squadron commander Bill Dunham who flew it for the first time after an 8-year restoration and it was almost 80 years ago that this aircraft flew again and is the only one Thunderbolt who is still flying. The first public dubut was during the EAA AirVenture 2023 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin from July 24 to 30, 2023. Photo: Aerial Visuals.


 

A Pilatus PC-21 of the Swiss Air Force being towed by a Still-R07-25 electric tractor at Meiringen Air Base on May 21, 2021. The Pilatus PC-21 is a turboprop-powered advanced trainer with a stepped tandem cockpit. It is manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. Meiringen Air Base, also known as Unterbach Military Airfield located near the hamlet of Unterbach and the town Meiringen in the canton of Bern. It is one of three main airbases of the Swiss Air Force. Photo: foto-bear.


 

A North American F-86F Sabre being towed back to the Planes of Fame Air Museum by a Clarktor 6 towing tractor at the Living History Flying Day on June 3, 2017. The Planes of Fame Air Museum is an aviation museum in Chino, California. The museum has many flying and static aircraft, along with several rare examples that are under restoration. Photo: Britt Dietz.


 

A McDonnell Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk, which was stationed aboard the USS Lexington carrier, being towed by an A/S 32A Suport Equipment Aircraft Tow Tractor away from the flightline at Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi, United States on September 23, 1998. Photo: Peter Steendam.


 

PAF = Projectburo Afstoting F-16 (F-16 Removal Project Bureau), founded by the Dutch armed forces on April 13, 2016. This includes the sale of 15 F-16s from the Royal Netherlands Air Force to Jordan Air Force. In the photo the J-638, one of the F-16s sold to Jordan, being towed by a Mercedes-Benz MB Trac 700K at Volkel Air Base on November 7, 2017. Photo: Tim Jonkers.


 

A Dutch Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II the F-008 of the Training Detachment the 308th Fighter Squadron stationed at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona in the United States, being towed by an Eagle TT-8 aircraft tractor during the open days of the Royal Netherlands Air Force at Volkel Air Base that was held on June 14 and 15, 2019. The F-35 was part of the static show that was set up on the parallel runway and in the visitors area. Photo: Landing Linker.


 

A General Dynamics F-16C/D Fighting Falcon of the Turkish Air Force being towed by a Ford F-350 Bobtail Aircraft Tow Tractor at Military Air Force Base Konya in Turkey in January 2024. The part of the Base that can be seen in the photo is on the south-west side at the so called S-Ramp. The tow tractor is actually an Eagle EB2-5 Bob Tail high-speed freight tractor which is built on a Ford Super Duty F-350 Chassis. Photo comes from the Facebook page: Ninj9K.


 

A British McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II of No. 74 Tigers Squadron aerobatic display team, based at RAF Wattisham, Sulffolk, England, being towed by a Massey Ferguson MF-50 aircraft tractor (known as 'Trevor') during the Air Show at RAF Waddington, Lancashire, England witch was held on June 28, 1996. Photo: Bill O'Sullivan.


 

A Boeing AH-64DN Apache helicopter with registration Q-14 of the 301 Squadron at Gilze-Rijen Air Base, which is part of the Defense Helicopter Command of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, is towed back to the hangar by a Mercedes-Benz MB Trac 700K aircraft tractor after a flight on April 15, 2015. The Defense Helicopter Command (DHC) operates in the Netherlands from 3 locations: In addition to Gilze-Rijen Air Base, also at Deelen Air Base and De Kooy Maritime Air Base. In America in the state of Taxas there is also a unit at Fort Hood where every helicopter pilot goes for training. Photo: Jimmy van Drunen.


 

A Boeing 737 of the airline Corendon Airlines being towed by a Douglas 44 FL138 (ex-KLM) aircraft tractor at Twenthe Airport on January 20, 2024. It was the last landing for that aircraft because it has been phased out and it is being towed to a platform where it is being dismantled by the Aircraft-End-of-Life company. Photo: Tim Volmer.

Harald Haan maintenance of rolling stock: Douglas 44 FL138 (ex-KLM) before and after quite a bit of welding, now in the colors of Twenthe Airport. Photos: Harald Haan.


 

An RAF Westland Sea King HAR.3 SAR helicopter, a British license-built version of the American one, being towed by a Schopf F59 aircraft tractor during air show at RAF Cosford in Shropshire, England on June 12, 2022. At the air show were 50 thousand visitors attended and was the first show since the corona pandemic. Photo: Paul Atkin.


 

An image of an aircraft tractor frequently used on US Navy aircraft carriers, the A/AS32A-32 Tractor Combo. Photo: Kai Wolters.


 

A Portuguese General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon being towed by a Schopf F59 aircraft tractor during the Real Thaw 2022 exercise held at 'Base Aérea No. 11' in Beja, Portugal from June 26 to July 8. Photo: Antonio Godinho.


 

An American McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle of the 104th Fighter Wing of Massachusetts Air National Guard (ANG) being towed by an NMC-Wollard Flightline Tow Tractor MB4 on November 3, 2022. Photo: Danielle Gorla Lambert.


 

A Czech Dassault-Breguet-Dornier Alpha Jet E aircraft of airline The Flying Bulls being towed by a MULAG Comet 4E aircraft tractor at Zeltweg military airport, Austria on August 19, 2023. The aircraft belongs to the Czech air aerobatic team and is in the colors sprayed from the sponsor, namely Red Bull energy drink. Red Bull is an energy drink introduced in 1987 by Thai entrepreneur Chaleo Yoovidhya and Austrian Dietrich Mateschitz. Photo: Michael Weinberger.


 

An unmanned American spy plane, the Northrop Grumman RQ-4A Hawk, introduced in 2001, being towed by a Ford F350 XL Bobtail aircraft tractor at Naval Air Base San Diego North Island (Halsey Field), California, United States on January 19, 2024. The aircraft is produced by aircraft manufacturer Northrop Grumman at the Ryan Aeronautical Center in San Diego. Photo comes from the Facebook page: Aviation Lover.


 

An American Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II of the 211th Marine Fighter-Bomber Squadron being towed by a P-25 aircraft tractor aboard the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Essex. This during exercise COMPTUEX in the Pacific Ocean on May 31, 2018. Photo: Amazing2.


 

A Dutch General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon the J-232 decorated with special NATO 50 markings on the tail section that is towed by an ATA E800 electric aircraft tractor at Woensdrecht Air Base on December 7, 2023. The J-232 is in storage and being used there as an instruction aircraft. In the past he flew with the 323 Squadron at Leeuwarden Air Base and then with the VTOC (professionally Training Center) Fokker in Aalsmeer. Photo: Oscar Vis.


 

A German Eurofighter Typhoon EF2000 being towed by a Lektro AP89 aircraft tracker during the ZigAirMeet 2023 airshow held at Mollis Air Base in Switzerland on August 18 and 19. The Lektro AP89 is manufactured by the British company: 'The Shain Group inc.' in Warrington. Photo: www.dutchflightline.com


 

A British Beech Shadow R1 (Super King Air 350ER) being towed by a Schopf F59 aircraft tractor at Waddington Air Base, England, United Kingdom on September 2, 2019. Photo: Lewis Macdonald.


 

A Dutch F-16 Fighting Falcon without canopy from the 322 squadron being towed by a Mercedes-Benz MB Trac 700K aircraft tractor at Leeuwarden Air Base on September 17, 2014. Photo: Gerke A. Hofstra.


 

A David Brown Threshing Model VIG100 Taskmaster towing a bomb train. A woman at the wheel of the tractor who is part of the WAAF (Women's Auxillary Air Force) working at the Motor Transport at the bomber station. Photo: Imperial War Museum Duxford.


 

A Lockheed C-130-30 Hercules with registration G-237 of the Royal Netherlands Air Force being towed by a Schopf LATT FM68AB aircraft tractor at Eindhoven-Welschap Air Base on September 8, 2021. Photo: Johannes Berger.


 

A stripped Panavia Tornado GR4 (ZA449/020) of the Royal Air Force being towed by a Schopf F59 aircraft tractor at Raf Marham on February 28, 2019. Ready for demolition which is a sad moment. Photo: Tim Clarke.


 

A McDonnell Douglas RF-4E Phantom II of the German Air Force with registration 35+87 being towed to the shelter area by a Douglas Super Task Master aircraft tractor during an exercise at Soesterberg Air Base in January 1984. Photo: Peter Terlouw.


 

An EA-6B Prowler being towed by an A/S-32-31A “Mule” aircraft tractor aboard the American aircraft carrier (CVN 75) Truman during exercise Summer Pulse on June 4, 2004. During exercise Summer Pulse, which was held was conducted from June 2 to July 27, 2004, U.S. Naval Forces participated in more than 13 individual military exercises in many of the world's seas and oceans and involving more than 23 allies and coalition partners. Photo: Ryan O'Connor.


 

A Swiss Air Force Northrop F-5E Tiger II J-3069 being towed by a Lektro aircraft tractor at Payerne Air Base, Canton de Vaud, Switzerland on April 18, 2018. Photo: William Musculus.


 

A Dutch Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II being towed by an ATA 5000 GS electric aircraft tractor during Frisian Flag 2022 at Leeuwarden Air Base on March 29, 2022. Photo: www.westerwoldeactueel.nl


 

A Dutch Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II towed bij a Mercedes-Benz MB Trac 700K at Leeuwarden Air Base on September 21, 2023. On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the 322 squadron, this F-35, with registration F-014, equipped with a specially painted anniversary tail designed by Martijn Diks. Photo: Johan Kok.


 

A British Aerospace Hawk T.1A aircraft with registration XX321 being towed by a Lektro AP8950SDB-AL-200/250 aircraft tractor during the Airpower air show held at Zeltweg Air Base, Austria on September 6-7, 2019. Photo: Slobodan Jurasovic Photography.


 

A Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk being towed by an NMC-Wollard model 140 low profile diesel tow tractor at San Diego Airforce Base, California, United States in October 2007. Photo: Kevin Scott, Jetwash Images.


 

A Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, the F-030, being towed by a Mercedes-Benz MB Trac 700K aircraft tractor during exercise Frisian Flag, which was held at Leeuwarden Air Base from 2 to 13 October 2023. Frisian Flag 2023 was an exercise with fighter aircraft from seven different member states of the NATO alliance, in which more and more aspects of air defense can be trained, with the next one planned for 2025. Photo: Pim de Neijs.


 

One of only two flying Boeing B-29s Superfortress in the world, 'The Glory of Doc' being towed by an FMC B400 aircraft tractor at Kansas City airport, United States on October 29, 2023. Photo: Michael Baker.


 

A German Panavia-Tornado-ECR the 46+24 being towed by a Schopf F110 aircraft tractor after repairs and to the take-off at Prestwick Airport, Glasgow, Scotland. Photo: Hillwood Aviation.


 

A Hawker Siddeley HS-748 Series 2A of the Canadian airline Air North based at Whitehorse Airport, being towed by a Volvo L220E to a hangar at Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport, Yucon, Canada, after a flight from Dawson City Airport on May 21, 2018. Photo: Cyycspotter.


 

A McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet the J-5017 of the Swiss Air Force that has problems and landed with the drop hook. In the photo it is being towed by a Lektro aircraft tractor to the cave shelter at Meiringen Air Base, Switzerland on January 4, 2024.

Photo: Markus Frey.


 

A Mercedes-Benz MB Trac 700K with winter configuration towing a General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon of the 312 Squadron during the spotters day of December 8, 2023 at Volkel air base. Photo: Harry Doesburg.


 

A Breguet 1050 Alizé aircraft being towed by a Tracma aircraft tractor during the Aerotorshow on July 3, 2022 held at Valence-Chabeuil airport. This airport is located approximately 7 kilometers east of Valence in the Drôme department of France. The Bréguet Br.1050 Alizé (French: "Tradewind") is a French carrier-based anti-submarine warfare aircraft developed in the 1950s. Photo: Dance I'oeil de Niko.


 

F-16AM J-616 is being towed to hangar 1, where it will be prepared for the pedestal. July 18, 2023. Volkel Air Base. Photo: Theo Rombout


 

The amphibious aircraft PBY-5A Catalina 'Karel Doorman' is towed by a Landini 9880 tractor during an event 'Wings, Wheels and Goggles' held at Teuge airport in the weekend of 8 and 9 June 2013. Photo: Hans van der Lande.


 

An American Lockheed Martin JSF Lightning II F35 being towed by a Schopf aircraft tractor at Lee County Airport-Butters Field, Bishopville, South Carolina on December 13, 2023. Photo: Top1.


 

A sailor tows an EA-18G Growler by a USN Modern tractor on the flight deck of the American Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 29, 2018, during a regularly scheduled deployment. Photo: Sailor Apprentice Eleanor D. Vara.


 

A Dassault MD311 Flamingant being towed by a TractEasy tractor at Albert-Picardie airport in Méaulte, France. Photo: Thomas Meresse.


 

B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber being towed by a Clarktor-6 towing tractor or tug at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum. The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum is an aviation museum and aircraft restoration facility at Reading Regional Airport in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Photo: Wings of War.


 

At Sea aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosenvelt (CVN 71) on January 27, 2003. In the photo, an S-3B “Viking” aircraft from Sea Control Squadron 24 (VS-24) is being towed into position on the flight deck by an A/S-32-31A “Mule” aircraft tractor.

De Rooseveld conducts training exercises in the Caribbean Sea, during which it prepares for deployment to the Mediterranean Sea for Operation: “Iraqi Freedom”, the war in Iraq that started on March 16, 2003. Photo: First class mate and US Navy photographer James Foehl.


 

A Dassault Super Etendard of the French Navy Air Force being towed by a Sepma K60 aircraft tractor during the NATO Tigermeet held June 20-30, 2008 at the French naval base Landivisiau Base Navale. Photo: Stephan Ortmann.


 

A Royal New Zealand Air Force BAC 167 Strikemaster being towed by a Toyota 2TD25 aircraft tractor at Wellington Air Base, New Zealand on February 29, 2020. The BAC 167 Strikemaster is a British-made light attack and training aircraft. It has been operational with 16 units of the Royal New Zealand Air Force since 1972 and is primarily used as a training aircraft for the A4 Skyhawk. Upon the discovery of wing fatigue it limited the operationality of that aircraft and it was replaced in 1994 by the Aermacchi MB339CB. Photo: Strikemaster 72.


 

A AVRO Lancaster bomber being towed by a Kubota aircraft tractor at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, United Kingdom on December 17, 2023. Photo: Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre.


 

A Panavia Tarnado GR4 in its last special colors of RAF 31 Squadron being towed by a Schopf F59 aircraft tractor at RAF Marham air base, United Kingdom, on November 18, 2018. In early 2019, 31 Squadron at RAF Marham stood down before transforming into the service's first Protector unit of unmanned aircrafts at RAF Waddington. It does not say that the 31 Squadron will be disbanded but it is not expected to receive its first aircraft until 2024. Photo: Crown Copyright.


 

A TF-104G Starfighter D-5804 of the Royal Netherlands Air Force being towed on June 1975 by a Mercedes-Benz Unimog U-411 aircraft tractor at Flugplatz Bremgarten which was built in 1952 as a French air base in the French zone of occupation in Germany, on the east bank of the river Rhine. Photo: Harry Prins.


 

A North American P-51D Mustang “Crusader” being towed by a W.F. Hebard Shop Mule aircraft tractor at Front Range Airport, Adams County, Colorado, United States on March 1, 2023. Photo: Dylan Dorvee.


 

A Thunderbolt P-47G/42-25068 “Snafu” being towed by a New Holland L60 aircraft tractor at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, United Kingdom on December 12, 2023. Photo: Peter Green.


 

A United Airline Boeing 757-200 towed by a TBL190 Kalmar Motor AB pushback tractor at Denver International Airport on December 13, 2023. Photo: MCA Photography.


 

In the photo of Aleksander Vladic: A Sukhoi Su-27 NATO code name Flanker the P-42 being towed by a Schopf F59 at Oreshkovo airfield 2 km southeast of Vorotynsk, Russia on October 20, 2023.

The P-42 is a record-setting aircraft, converted in 1986 from the first serial Su-27-T10-15 aircraft. The P-42 broke 27 records set by the F-15 Streak Eagle, including time-to-altitude for 3000 meters, 6000 meters, 9000 meters, 12000 meters and 15000 meters. A new altitude record was recorded of 19,335 meters and a take-off distance of less than 500 meters. Most of these records still stand, almost 30 years later. Source: GlobalSecurity.org.


 

A Russian Polikarpov I-15 being towed by a T-150K on May 29, 2021. The T-150K is a four-wheel drive tractor from the former Soviet and now Ukrainian tractor factory in Kharkov in the 30 kilonewton tractive force class. Photo: ВВА им Ю А Гагарина.


 

A new Airbus A-370 being towed by a Schopf F160 at Poznań-Ławica Airport which is a medium sized airport in Great Poland, Poland on December 8, 2023. Photo: AvGeek.pl.


 

A Mercedes-Benz MB Trac 700K with winter configuration that is used to clear snow from the shelter platforms and secondary runways at Leeuwarden air base on December 4, 2023. Photo: Karin Wassenberg-Jordan.


 

A Douglas SBD Dauntless/A-24 Banshee being towed by a Clarktor CTA6E during the Atlanta Airshow held the weekend of May 16-17, 2020 at Atlanta Regional Airport, Fayette County, Georgia, United States. Photo: Gary Daniels.


 

A North American P-51D Mustang being towed by an old Southwest Airlines aircraft tractor at the Vintage Flying Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, United States. Photo: Gary Daniels.


 

A Boeing B-29 Superfortress being towed by an Entwistle MB-4 aircraft tractor at the Vintage Flying Museum in Ford Worth, Texas, United States. Photo: Gary Daniels.


 

A Stinson L-5 Sentinel being towed by an old Southwest Airlines tug at the Vintage Flying Museum in Fort Worth, Taxas, United States. Photo: Vintage Flying Museum.


 

A Czech Air Force AW-3A Sokol rescue helicopter being towed by a DXTD300 electric aircraft tractor at PLZ WSK Swidnik Airport, Czech Republic on November 29, 2023. Photo: Jiří Převrátil.


 

A Swiss Air Force McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet “Tigermeet” J-5011 being towed by a Douglas Tugmaster DC5 at Royal Air Force station Leeming located near Leeming, North Yorkshire, England. Photos: MF Aviation Photography.


 

A Japanese Bell (Fuji) AH-1S Cobra helicopter being towed by a Toyota L&F 2TG25 aircraft tractor at Akeno Air Field, which is a military airfield of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, which is a perfect place to enjoy helicopters in action. Photo: Marcel Kiewik.


 

A Japanese McDonnell Douglas RF-4E Kai Phantom II of the 501 Hikotai “Woodpeckers” being towed by a Toyata L&F 2TG25 aircraft tractor at Hyakuri Air Base, witch is a military Air Base of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). Photo: Marcel Kiewik.


 

Eurofighter Typhoon EF2000 of the Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwade 74 being towed by a Mercedes-Benz Unimog U300 405/12AHK aircraft tractor during the units' 60th anniversary on May 5, 2021 at Neuburg Air Base/Fliegerhorst Neuburg-Donau, Bayern, Germany. Photo: DA Photography - Military Aviation and more.

 

A United Airlines Boeing 757-324 being towed by a Steward & Stevenson GT50 aircraft tractor at Denver International Airport on November 24, 2023. Photo: MCA Photography.


 

Towing an American Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter F-35 during the annual Oshkosh air show held every summer at Wittman Regional Airport in Wisconsin, United States. Photo: Michal Banach Photography.


 

David Brown Taskmaster 950 in the Royal Air Force Museum Midlands Cosford 2023. Photo: Bas Slaats.


 

Sud-Quest Vautour IIN towed by a Renault 750 tractor at aérienne 217 air base, Brétigny located south of Paris. In 2012 the air base closed its gates and in 2013 this fighter jet was the last to be towed away from the air base. Photo: Eric Moreau.


 

A photo shoot of a Avro Lancaster NX611 Just Jane with a David Brown tractor transporting a bomb trailer at Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre. Photo: East Kirkby.


 

A Grumman S-2T Turbo Tracker from the Armada Argentina aboard the Brazilian aircraft carrier Nae São Paulo in September 2002. Two such Grummans were deployed during Temperex, a joint Brazilian-Argentine exercise. In the photo, a Grumman is being towed aboard the aircraft carrier by an MD-3 aircraft tractor. The MD-3 is a diesel-powered tractor intended for towing all aircraft on board aircraft carriers. The MD-3's diesel engine is rated at 100 horsepower with a drawbar capacity of 8,500 pounds at a speed of approximately 1 mph on dry, level ground. Photo: Rob Schleiffert.


 

A photo taken on November 11, 2023 during a film set at Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Center showing an Avro Lancaster NX611 Just Jane bomber with a Fordson N airfield tractor transporting a bomb trailer in the foreground. Photo: Infinitemonkeyphotography.


 

Photo of a staged Weapon Supplying of ​​the Vulcan XM603 bomber at RAF Woodford Cheshire, England. The tractor that transports a bomb trailer is a Ferguson TED20 with TVO engine. Photo: Neil Drapers.


 

An Airbus A320 of the Austrian airline Niki is towed by a Schopf F210 aircraft tractor at Innsbruck Airport, Austria. Photo: Gianluca Conversi.


 

Aerial Firefighting Compagny McDermott Aviation Transall C-160. On September 13, 2023, the company took delivery of a C-160 aircraft in Australia, arriving at Queensland's Sunshine Coast Airport, where it will be fitted with a 3,000-gallon tank by Australian tank manufacturer Helitak Firefighting Equipment.

In the photo the aircraft is being towed by a TLD Pushback TMX150 at Townsville Airport, Queensland, Australia. Photo: Central Queensland Plane Spotting Blog.


 

Apache helicopter with a permanent base at Gilze-Rijen air base that is towed by an ATA E800 aircraft tractor. Photo: Jimmy van Drunen - Photography.


 

A French Dassault Mirage 2000 being towed by a Charlette TD225 aircraft tractor. Photo: Guy Callet.


 

The Eurocopter Cougar Mk.2 of the 300 Squadron with Gilze-Rijen as its home base, which is towed by an ATA E800 electric aircraft tractor. Photo: Coen van den Heuvel.


 

300 Squadron is equipped with Cougar transport helicopters and is stationed at Gilze-Rijen Air Base. In the photo a Cougar is being towed by an Eagle electric aircraft tractor. Photo: @hagelschlag.


 

A German PA-200 Tarnado ECR being towed by a Mercedes-Benz Unimog U300 405/12AHK aircraft tractor at Fliegerhorst Schleswig-Jagel in Schleswig-Holstein in Germany on November 23, 2023. Photo: Werner Davidsen.


 

Douglas Super Task Master MK2 aircraft tractor at Soesterberg air base in 1979. Photo: Fotoafdrukken Koninklijke Luchtmacht.


 

RC-135W Rivet Joint aircraft being towed by a Schopf LATT FM68AB aircraft tractor at RAF Waddington, UK. Photo: RAF Waddington.


 

A Bulgarian MiG-29A is towed by a Russian-made Ural 4320 truck on April 9, 2021 at Airbase 3 Iztrebitelna, Bulgaria. Photo: Jetwash Aviation Photos.


 

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum of the Polish Air Force being towed by a Polish Army FSC (Fabryka Samochodów Ciężarowych) Star truck. Photo: Mirek - Flying Objects Photographer.


 

Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut during initial development, it was an experimental supersonic jet fighter developed by Sukhoi Company. In the photo it is being towed by a Ural 4320 APA-5D tractor. Photo comes from the Facebook page: The Aviation Titan.


 

A General-Dynamics/Lockheed-Martin F-16AM with registration J-640 being towed by a Mercedes MB Trac 700K aircraft tractor at Volkel air base on November 3, 2006. In that year, on the occasion of the fifty-fifth anniversary of 312 squadron Volkel air base, the J-640 provided with an anniversary painting. Photo: Mike Schoenmaker.


 

A photo shoot of a British Avro Vulcan XM655 bomber with a RAF655 Douglas aircraft tractor in front taken at Wellesbourne Mountford Airport by Plane Richie Aviation Illustration on November 4, 2023.


 

An NF-5A of the 316 squadron from Gilze-Rijen air base being towed by an English-made Douglas aircraft tractor at Leeuwarden air base on July 11, 1985. Photo: Peter Steendam.


 

A Nissan FV02 pushback tractor tows a trailer with a Pratt & Whitney F135 turbine engine of an F-35 at Williamtown Air Base of the Royal Australian Air Force on November 4, 2021. Photo: G.E.G. Aviation Photography.


 

A Sepecat Jaguar GR3 painted in a very special retirement color scheme being towed by a JCB Fastrac tractor at RAF Coningsby on 21 June 2007. Photo: Damien Burke.


 

77 Frence Navy - Embraer EMB-121 Xingu towed by a TLD Jet-16 tractor at Avord Air Base. Photo: Serge Van Heertum.


 

A Royal Canadian Air Force CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft being towed by a Schopf F396 tractor at CFB Greenwood Air Base, Canada. Photo comes from the Facebook page: The Aurora News.


 

The Czech Republic has received its first two Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters, with the assets having been delivered on July 26, 2023 aboard a US Air Force Boeing C-17 strategic transport. In the photo a Bell AH-1Z Viper helicopter being towed by a Schopf F59 aircraft tractor at Namest Airport, Czech Republic. Photo: Petr Soukal.


 

A Belgian Westland Sea King MK48 helicopter from the 40 squadron towed by a Schopf F59 aircraft tractor during the annual open day of the Belgian Air Force that took place on July 5, 2023 at Koksijde Air Base. Photo: Gijs Mouchaers.


 

A Danish General Dynamics F-16 towed by a Schopf F59 aircraft tractor during the spotters day that took place on May 11, 2023 at Florennes air base, Belgium. This beautiful F-16 painted in beautiful special colors in honor of 800 years of the Danish flag.

Photo: Gijs Mouchaers.


 

Schopf F59 aircraft tractor at Koksijde Air Base Belgium. Photo: Gijs Mouchaers.


 

United TA80D aircraft tractor at Pensacola Air Base, FL, United States. Photo from the Facebook page: U.S. Navy Blue Angels.


 

English Electric Lightning F3 of the Royal Air Force is towed by a Massey Ferguson MF-50 Aircraft Tug at Fairford Air Base, UK. Photo: Glenn Reay.


 

In the photo at Dijon-Bourgogne Airport a Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravella airliner and a David Brown Taskmaster 950 that was used as a baggage tow vehicle. The Caravellas were built by Sud Aviation between 1954 and 1972 and were the first jet-powered commercial aircraft developed in France. Photo: Jim Cochrane.


 

A Norwegian Beechcraft 200 Super King Air of the airline Norlandair is towed by a Linde P250 electric tractor at Reykjavik airport, Iceland. Photo comes from the Facebook page: Airspeed Media.


 

A French Dassault Mirage 2000 from Home Base Nancy is towed by a Mercedes MB Trac 700K at Leeuwarden Air Base during Frisian Flag 2018. Photo comes from the collection of Jg Haze.


 

The Snowbirds, officially known as 431 Air Demonstration Squadron are the military aerobatics flight demonstration team of the Royal Canadian Air Force stationated at Moose Jaw Air Base. In the photo one of the CL-41 Tutor aircraft being towed by a Clark tld d6 tractor. Photo from Facebookpage: Snowbirds des Forces canadiennes.


 

NATO Tiger Meet 2021 at Beja Air Base, Portugal. In the photo a Portuguese F16 from the 301 squadron being towed by a Schopf F59 tractor. Photo: Joao Amado.


 

A photo taken during Real Thaw 2022 (RT2022) held on June 30, 2022 at Airbase No. 11, in Beja, Portugal. A Spotters Day aimed at all photography and military aviation enthusiasts. In the photo a Portuguese Air Force F-16 being towed by a Schopf F59 tractor. Photo: Miguel Frade.


 

As a tractor driver at Leeuwarden Air Base, I often had to run QRA together with a fellow tractor driver. Swapping the F-16s, one of which was in the shelter of the QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) and the other in the shelter of the WSA (Weapon Storage Area). WSA means the place where the armament is attached or disconnected to the F-16. QRA means that there are two F-16s ready 24/7 with full armament. The Air Operation Control Station in Nieuw-Millingen alerts the QRA if an aircraft enters the airspace of the Benelux that has not submitted a flight plan in advance and does not want to come into radio contact with Air Traffic Control. The F-16s take off within minutes to intercept the (enemy) intruder. Nowadays, the QRA task is a partnership between the Netherlands and Belgium for monitoring the airspace of the Benelux. They take turns supplying the QRA fighter flight capacity from the Leeuwarden, Volkel, Kleine-Brogel or Florennes bases. Before towing the F-16, I always checked whether all safety pins with red flags (printed: remove before flight) were in the F-16 because the armament was ready. The QRA/WSA is also permanently monitored by the Air Force Security. I once heard a story that an Air Force Guard there had shot a cow out of boredom in the pasture near the QRA. Photo: Patrick Kroos.


 

An F-104 Starfighter, D-6655, is towed by a Douglas tractor on its way over the “Duitse Baan” past the control tower to hangar 3 at Leeuwarden Air Base in the late 1970s / early 1980s. Photo: Piet Bouma.


 

On June 4, 1968, the Air Force Information Service organized a visit to Leeuwarden Air Base where the silencer was demonstrated at the Run-up. The Run-up is the place at the airbase to test engines and diagnose engine problems. Attached is the F-104 Starfighter D-5816 of the 323 squadron being towed by a David Brown Taskmaster 950. The D-5816 was operational with the Royal Netherlands Air Force from November 27, 1967 to August 25, 1980 and then it was sold to the Turkish Air Force. Photo comes from the archive of John van Hest.


 

Thanks to the fire-fighting foam incident during the ceremony, which was held in honor of the arrival of the first operational F-35 in the Netherlands at Leeuwarden Air Base on October 31, 2019, the coverage of this event was world news in one go. In the photo the F-35 that has been sprayed clean by water and is ready to be towed  by an ATA 5000 GS tractor to the hangar. Photo: Gathering of Tweakers.


 

F-84F Thunderstreak the P-205 of the 314 squadron towed by a David Brown Taskmaster 950 at Eindhoven air base. The P-205 was operational with the Royal Netherlands Air Force from March 23, 1956 to October 28, 1970. Then written off; decoy at Deelen Air Base, LETS. From April 14, 1978 gatekeeper at the LIMOS in Nijmegen. Photo: Marco van Riel.

F-84F Thunderstreak de P-205 van het 314 squadron versleept door een David Brown Taskmaster 950 op vliegbasis Eindhoven. De P-205 was operationeel bij de KLu van 23-03-1956 t/m 28-10-1970. Daarna afgeschreven; decoy Deelen, LETS. Vanaf 14-04-1978 poortwachter bij de LIMOS. Foto: Marco van Riel.


 

The North American F-86K Sabre Q-340 of the 700 Squadron at Twenthe airbase, is being moved with a David Brown tractor, piloted by Corporal Sprokkereef. Photo from the collection: Dinant Sprokkereef.


 

Flying squadrons that have a feline such as a tiger in their emblem meet in a different location every year for the NATO Tiger Meet. Just like in the photo, the J-222 of the 313 squadron being towed by a Mercedes MB Trac 700. An instruction jet at Volkel in a tiger outfit for years, which was sprayed in these colors especially for the Tigermeet. This large-scale international exercise at the time of this photo took place in 2010 from 4 to 15 October at Volkel Air Base. With a very varied program, the practicing units keep their skills up to date and valuable experiences are exchanged. Photo: Servee Schellinx.

Vliegende squadrons die een katachtige zoals een tijger in hun embleem voeren, komen ieder jaar op een andere plek bijeen voor de NATO Tiger Meet. Net zoals op de foto de J-222 van het 313 squadron die versleept word door een Mercedes MB Trac 700. Al jarenlang een instructiekist op Volkel in tijger outfit, die speciaal voor de Tigermeet in deze kleuren is gespoten. Deze grootschalige internationale oefening ten tijde van deze foto vond in 2010 plaats van 4 t/m 15 oktober op Vliegbasis Volkel. Met een zeer afwisselend programma houden de oefenende eenheden hun vaardigheden op peil en worden waardevolle ervaringen uitgewisseld. Foto: Servee Schellinx.


 

The Northrop NF-5A with registration number K-3011 of the 315 Squadron behind a Douglas tractor before the run-up at Twenthe Air Base in 1970. Photo: Beeldbank NIMH.

De Northrop NF-5A met registratienummer K-3011 van het 315 Squadron achter een Douglas trekker voor de run-up (proefdraaihangaar) op Vliegbasis Twenthe in 1970. Foto: Beeldbank NIMH.


 

This photo was taken from the control tower at Volkel Air Base, September 27, 2017, during a visit arranged by Spotting Group Volkel. F-16AM J-868, the 8 Series, originally 312 SQN delivered operationally. Photo: Van Loenhout Mees.


 

Airmen, assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, tow an F-15E Strike Eagle at sunrise April 15, 2020, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The F-15E is an extremely maneuverable tactical fighter designed to allow the Air Force to establish air superiority over the battlefield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Branson).


 

From the Dutch group: Marine Luchtvaart Dienst. Meerburg quay situated at Prins Hendrik canal in Katwijk, The Netherlands, where the helicopter was taken off the boat. To be precise, this is the Fockstraat with the gas factory next to it.

Photo: Arjan Koning.


 

In the photo a patrol aircraft from the Coastal Command Fortress of No. 220 Squadron and a Clarktor-6 tractor. On November 9, 1943, a fortress of this squadron sank the U707 off the Azores. Photo: Official photographer of the Royal Air Force. [public domain].


 

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


 

An RAF tractor MF Ferguson TEF with a "bounce" bomb on its trailer outside the entrance to the Avro Heritage Museum at the old Woodford airfield near Stockport in south Manchester, Cheshire. A bomb designed to bounce on a target above water in a calculated manner to avoid obstacles such as torpedo nets. Developed during World War II, it was intended to be dropped from a Lancaster bomber to blow up German dams. The "bounce" bomb was a variant of a depth charge. Regular bombing of the dams was not effective enough. 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 Ford BNO40 aircraft tractor 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.


 

A Northrop F-5 Tiger of the aerobatic demonstration team Patrouille Suisse of the Swiss Air Force stationed at the Emmen military Air Base in the Swiss canton of Lucerne is towed by a Bucher FS 10 aircraft tractor on November 14, 2019. The ride went at walking pace from the shelter at the Payerne military Air Base halfway between Lausanne and Bern to a place behind the Flab barracks in the exhibition tent of Comptoir Broyard in Payerne on the border between the Swiss cantons of Waadt and Freiburg where the fighter jet is one of the attractions. The exhibition takes place there every two years and for the tenth time from November 15 to 24, 2019, where more than 220 exhibitors were expected. Photos: Swiss Army/vtg.admin.ch.


 

Documentation about the Clarktor 6, which is one of the most famous tractors of the Second World War. This is because we usually only know these tractors from use on British military airfields, for towing aircraft and transporting armaments for the bombers during Second World War, but they were also used in industry and agriculture. The Clarktor 6s were manufactured in the United States by the Clark Tractor Plant in Michigan founded in 1919. The Clarktor 6 was known for its compact size with a wheelbase of 1.20 meters and 11 inches and was powered by a 62 hp water-cooled Chrysler six-cylinder flat-head petrol engine with a three-speed crash gearbox that allowed it to reach maximum speed of 25 km/h. Production started in 1942 and by the end of the Second World War, that manufacturer had, among other things, completed an order for more than 1,500 Clarktor 6s for the British Royal Air Force. These were built as a version designated "BH" which stands for 'British Heavy' and supplied to the British Ministry of Defense for the RAF under the Lend Lease Act. The Lend-Lease Act of 1941 stated that the United States government could lend or lease (rather than sell) supplies to any country deemed "vital to the defense of the United States". Photos: Joe Swelnis.