July 1942 Willys MB Genuine Flight line Jeep
This Willys MB is a very solid and original example. The jeep starts runs drive’s and even stops, you could use this jeep as is or restore it with ease. It has a CJ engine fitted with but all other running gear is wartime. The brakes are brand new with most pipes replaced with new.
This Willys MB is a genuine flight line jeep used on an airfield so it has had a few modifications , the extra hole in the dash is for the tachometer (the RPM data plate for it is still present) and the part cut out of the floor was for a PTO generator the PTO is still fitted but the buyer would need to source the generator and mounting bracket this system would have been used to start planes.
This great vehicle is available from AMD Four Wheel Drive in the UK.
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A brief history of the flight line jeep
The history of the flight line Jeep can be traced back to World War II, when the U.S. military began using the Willys MB Jeep as a general-purpose vehicle. The Jeep proved to be highly versatile and capable of performing a wide variety of tasks, including reconnaissance, communication, and transportation.
During the war, the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) recognized the potential of the Jeep as a tow vehicle for aircraft on the flight line. The Jeep’s small size and high maneuverability made it ideal for towing small aircraft, such as training planes, to and from the runway. The Jeep was also used to transport personnel and equipment around the flight line.
To meet the specific needs of the USAAF, the Willys MB Flight Line Jeep was developed. The vehicle was modified from the standard Willys MB Jeep to include a tow hitch and other specialized equipment for towing aircraft. The Flight Line Jeep was typically painted in a bright yellow color to make it highly visible on the flight line.
After the war, the Willys MB Flight Line Jeep continued to be used by the U.S. military and was also adopted by other countries. The Jeep remained in service for several decades, until it was eventually replaced by newer, more specialized tow vehicles.
Today, the Willys MB Flight Line Jeep is a highly sought-after vehicle among collectors and enthusiasts, due to its unique history and specialized design. Many examples of the vehicle have been preserved and restored, and can be seen at military vehicle shows and other events.
The Willys MB Flight Line Jeep, also known as the MB-T or M-6, was a special variant of the Willys MB Jeep that was designed to serve as a tow vehicle for aircraft on the flight line. Here are some of the technical specifications of the vehicle:
- Crew: 1+3
- Length: 3.45 meters
- Width: 1.57 meters
- Height: 1.68 meters
- Curb weight: 1,205 kg
- Gross weight: 1,542 kg
- Engine: 2.2L L-head inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine
- Horsepower: 60 hp at 4,000 rpm
- Torque: 105 lb-ft at 2,000 rpm
- Transmission: 3-speed manual
- Maximum speed: 104 km/h
- Fuel capacity: 40 L
- Armament: None
The Willys MB Flight Line Jeep was modified from the standard Willys MB Jeep to include a tow hitch and other specialized equipment for towing aircraft on the flight line. It was typically used to tow small aircraft, such as training planes, to and from the runway. The vehicle was also used to transport personnel and equipment around the flight line.