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Lexington Park in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

TA-75A Tow Tractor

 
 
TA-75A Tow Tractor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 30, 2019
1. TA-75A Tow Tractor Marker
Inscription.  
Moving Naval Aircraft Powered by a Ford 302 V-8 gasoline engine, the United Tractor TA-75A was designed to tow aircraft weighing up to 75,000 pounds. The rear deck could mount a gas turbine for starting jet aircraft engines. TA-75As were used on shore facilities, including austere operating sites. However, they were not used on aircraft carriers because of the fire hazard associated with gasoline.

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at NAS Patuxent River manages the development, testing, and life cycle support of tow tractors and all other aviation support equipment used by the Navy and Marine Corps.

Our Display Tractor PRNAM's tow tractor was used at NAS Patuxent River until it was delivered to the museum in the early 2000s.

Primary Use: Towing aircraft
U.S. Service Timeline: Early 1970s through the 1990s
Gross weight: 10,000 lb
Turning radius: 140 in
Length: 124 in (less pintle hook)
Width: 66 in
Height: 38 in
Ground clearance: 5.4 in
TA-75A Tow Tractor image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 30, 2019
2. TA-75A Tow Tractor

 
Erected by Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.
 
Location. 38° 16.556′ N, 76° 27.756′ W. Marker is in Lexington Park, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lexington Park MD 20653, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. NC-8A Mobile Electric Power Plant (MEPP) (here, next to this marker); North American T-2C Buckeye (a few steps from this marker); Douglas F-6A (F4D) Skyray (a few steps from this marker); Douglas NA-4M Skyhawk (a few steps from this marker); Raytheon T-6A Texan II (a few steps from this marker); Beech T-34B Mentor (a few steps from this marker); LTV NA-7A Corsair II (within shouting distance of this marker); Grumman F-9J Cougar (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington Park.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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