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Knuckle boom in action


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This is a job we did for the Air Investigation Branch a while back....


It was important to preserve as much of the airframe as possible for detailed examination in to the cause of plane going out of control just after take off... 


After carefully removing the remainder of the wings it was an easy lift onto the trailer.


Knuckle booms are very popular in Europe and very versatile. 


JC  Recovering Light Aircraft.jpg

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The Tractor unit has a 32 tonne meter crane fitted.... the crane is manufactured by Palfinger in Germany.


4 hydraulic push outs and 3 manual extensions... when fully extended it can put a ton on the tail of the trailer...  4 hydraulic out riggers...  


Palfinger manufacture some of the best truck loading cranes in Europe,  there are several other very good cranes available and we had had several different types in our fleet...


The Palfingers are very responsive and the controls precise ... the ones we had were virtually trouble free.


A couple of pictures without the trailer.





Bad day 11.jpg


Fork truck burn out.jpg

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I too like the versatility of Paflinger cranes combined with Landoll or heavy carriers. But, for whatever reasons, the California Highway Patrol doesn't allow them as recovery trucks. One of the company's that I work training with would respond to pickup truck and fifth-wheel crashes out in the California deserts. He could handle the entire scene. He was told the combination wasn't approved and I don't know what reasoning would preclude them from being used. Oh well ... that's too bad.      Best Regards John                         R

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Randall C. Resch

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