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Title Delta Clarktor 21 Tug
Date ca. 1947
Collection Delta Air Lines Airport, Office & TechOps Items
Object Name Tractor
Catalog Number 1995.65.1
Description Dark blue painted tow tractor, or "tug."
Brass plate: "Clarktor / Mfg. by Clark Equipment Co., Industrial Truck Division, Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S.A. / Model: CLARKTOR 21 / Serial No: CT21-20EC158"
Second brass plate: "? by J.Q.M.D. / Date: 9-9-47 / Serial No. H4063/ Cap. 4000 lbs d.b.p. / M.D. CM 44"

In 1990, the tug had a Delta "Flying D" logo decal on each side of the engine with the number 16000, but that has since been removed.
Artist/Maker Clark Equipment Co.
Provenance In 1990, this tug was the oldest piece of ground service equipment (GSE) in the Delta system. The tug was purchased from the U.S. Department of Navy by Northeast Airlines in December 1961 for $5,000, and used most of its life at New York-LaGuardia airport, and finally at Denver airport until late July 1989. At the time of its restoration, it had been overhauled five times and traveled over 53,000 miles.

Ron Anderson, from Delta's Tooling GSE (Ground Support Equipment) shop, and Milton Miller, from Delta's Stations division, coordinated the tug's restoration. For more information, the list of people involved in the project, and a photograph of the presentation, see the accession file at the Delta Flight Museum, which also includes an article from the Delta Dispatch, issue 6:14 (July 25, 1990) and Delta CEO Ron Allen's "Tug Presentation" speech text. The Delta property tag for the tug is also in the accession file.
Search Terms Delta Air Lines
Delta Ground Support Equipment (GSE)
Delta TechOps
Northeast Airlines
United States Navy
New York, N.Y.--Airport--LaGuardia (LGA)
New York, N.Y.
New York
Denver, Co.
Subjects Tractors
Credit line Delta Air Lines