Model J6-FC

The Aircraft Tow Tractor, more commonly known as a “Mule”, was manufactured in 1952 by the Northwestern Motor Company of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It was specifically designed to push or pull aircraft or maintenance trailers around the airport and was constructed with numerous heavy steel parts. This extra weight was required in order to ensure enough traction for the tires to push or pull heavy loads.

The Comox Air Force Museum Mule is said to have been used to tow aircraft and helicopters on the aircraft carrier, HMCS Bonaventure, hence the name “Bonnie” on her nose.

A photo taken before the restoration…in pretty rough shape!.

Beautiful restoration! The Comox Air Force Museum Mule is said to have been used to tow aircraft and helicopters on the aircraft carrier, HMCS Bonaventure, hence the name “Bonnie” on her nose.

The Mule was constructed with numerous heavy steel parts. This extra weight was required in order to ensure enough traction for the tires to push or pull heavy loads.

A typical pose: the Mule is towing the T-33 Cockpit Trainer into position.

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