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Title Delta TU-1 Clark Tug
Date 1942-1989
Collection Delta Air Lines Airport, Office & TechOps Items
Object Name Tractor
Catalog Number 1995.65.1
Description Dark blue tug. Delta property tag No. 16000.
"Serial No. H4063/ Date: 9-9-47"
Brass plate: "CT21-20EC158/ Model: CLARKTOR21"
Tug was originally painted with Delta "Flying D" logo on engine sides with number "16000" but that has been removed.
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 transfer to the Delta Flight Museum, it had been overhauled five times and traveled over 53,000 miles.

Tug was donated to the Delta Flight Museum so that Delta GSE and Ramp service were represented in the Museum's collections. Ron Anderson from Tooling GSE shop and Milton Miller, from Stations division coordinated the tug restoration and donation. For more information, the list of people involved in the project, and a photograph of the presentation to the Museum: see the accession file, 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
Northeast Airlines
United States Navy
New York-LaGuardia (LGA)
Denver, Colorado (DEN)
Subjects Tractors
Credit line Delta Air Lines