aircraft towing tractor
by Rene de Koning
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As a seasoned rail commuter I have a tendency these days not to pay
too much attention on the scenery passing by outside.
However, for some reason I happened to be staring out the window one day
and noticed a large collection of vintage tractors stored in the corner
of transport company container yard.
Now this might not excite everyone, however amongst the collection was a
US Army, WWII, M2 Cletrac high speed aircraft towing tractor and that's
not something you see lying around everyday.
As it happened I was due for some holidays at the end of the week, took
a note of the yard's location and planned to photograph the Cletrac at
my earliest possible convenience.
Although the Cletrac had been partially dismantled to facilitate
transport, it was complete. A check of the data plate revealed a date of
manufacture of August 1943 and that it had a top speed of 22mph (40kph).
Despite a little rust and some minor weathering, there was still
sufficient evidence of the Cletrac's US Army green paint scheme and a
serial number on a guard to confirm its former use.
The Cletrac was located in Melbourne, Australia and the collection was
due to be shipped to the owner's premises the following day.
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23 October, 2007
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