Textron Ground Support Equipment (GSE) has added another conventional pushback tractor to its product range.
The TUG Alpha 4 is the first in a new series of pushback vehicles. It is suitable for moving aircraft up to the A340 and B-747, with a maximum gross vehicle weight of 120,000 lb (54,430 kg) and a maximum drawbar pull of 72,000 lb (32,660 kg).
The cab in the Alpha 4 features a centre-mounted operator seat with sight-lines to the hitch, removing the need for the operator to stand or use mirrors when attaching to the aircraft. The cab also has an 18 cm LCD display screen for operations and diagnostics, two additional seats for wing-walkers, electronic braking, and automotive-style air conditioning and heating. A lifting cab with a swivel seat provides visibility while the vehicle is in reverse.
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