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jr1983

12-27-2017 10:59:22




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GB posted about a crash crane. What is a crash crane?




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sms

12-28-2017 03:57:53




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 Re: Crash crane in reply to jr1983, 12-27-2017 10:59:22  

Designed to pick up a plane and remove from runway. I found a small picture.



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t.r.k.

12-27-2017 19:10:39




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 Re: Crash crane in reply to jr1983, 12-27-2017 10:59:22  
It was a portable crane used to remove a complete crashed airplane from a runway. To quickly clear the runway so other airplanes could land. This was back during WW2, when a lot of planes had failing hydraulics from battle damage and their landing gear would fail to deploy.

MM built some, (9 maybe) powered by the GTX 6x6 military tractor. Also, Letourneau built some using their Tournapull power unit for power.

I don't know if any of them survived. Probably scrapped. I think at least one of the GTX tractors survived.

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molinegb

12-28-2017 09:27:49




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 Re: Crash crane in reply to t.r.k., 12-27-2017 19:10:39  
They were powered by a MM stationary and were towable. They are listed in the tractor book for 1944 and show 20 serial numbers. Had a American Hoist drum winch of same vintage and it was powered by a 283 powerplant.



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