M2 High Speed Tractor

The M2 High-Speed Tractor (or colloquially M2 Cletrac) was an aircraft tug used by the United States Army Air Forces from 1942.

M2 High Speed Tractor
Class Vehicle
Type Utility
Manufacturer Cleveland Tractor Company
Origin United States of America
Country Name Origin Year
United States of America 1943
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
United States of America 1943 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Cleveland Tractor Company 8510 View

The M2 is a fully tracked vehicle designed to tow aircraft on primitive airfields. It was equipped with a 10,000 lb (4,500 kg) winch with 300 ft (91 m) of 3/8 in (9.5 mm) cable, an auxiliary generator (3KW, 110 Volts, DC), and an air compressor (3 stage, 16.7 CFPM, 2.000 PSI)

The M2 was standardized in February 1941 as Medium Tractor M2.

Type Aircraft tug
Place of origin  United States
Service history
In service By 1943
Used by US Army
Wars World War II
Production history
Designed February 1941
Manufacturer Cleveland Tractor Company
Number built 8510
Variants 1
Length 166 in (4.22 m)
Width 70 in (1.78 m)
Height 68 in (1.73 m)
Crew 3
Engine Hercules WXLC3, 6-cylinder, petrol engine
150 hp (112 kW)
Suspension Volute spring
100 mi (160 km)
Speed 22 mph (35 km/h)

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