What’s it like to drive a... Douglas Super Tug
What it feels like to drive something with twice the torque of a Bugatti Veyron
Posted: 22 Oct 2010
And that's the trick of the TBL. Because it uses the aircraft's weight to generate traction, the tug doesn't have to be as heavy as you might think, which means less wear and tear on key parts.
When we tow the 150-tonne ex-DHL plane, on a soaking-wet runway up a fairly serious slope, we're only in two-wheel drive. No diff locks, no fancy Hill Ascent Control. And the Douglas never feels like it's struggling - the whole process is so undramatic that it's almost underwhelming. Until that glance in the mirror.
With the A300, the Douglas will sit quite happily at 19mph. And, this will come as a surprise, it'll corner too, providing the plane is disconnected.