In 1969, the genesis of today's air cargo industry occurred. Eagle was there to answer the airlines' call for an all-weather, high-speed cargo tractor which had not yet been invented. Eagle successfully engineered and developed the Ford F-350 Bob Tail for United Airlines at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Within two decades, the Eagle Bob Tail had become the narrow and wide-body cargo towing standard used by all North American and British Airlines. In the mid 1990's, some cargo customers tried using industrial tractors, converted to high speed use, as Bob Tail replacements. However, by the early 2000's the converted industrial tractors had demonstrated a track record of unreliability, and excessive driver fatigue and discomfort. Because of these problems with conventional tractors, the Eagle Bob Tail has continued to thrive, and is still the leader in high-speed, long-distance cargo towing today.
Advantages of Eagle Bob Tail Cargo Tractors
Eagle Tugs was the originator of the Bob Tail design over 45 years ago.
The Ford F-350, and F-550 Chassis' have an unequaled, commercially-proven, reliable drive train and braking system.
Ford cabs are ergonomic, comfortable and safe.
Air Conditioning is standard (can be deleted upon request).
Rear sight tunnel for direct hitch visibility for the operator.
Heavy steel plate body and front & rear bumpers, including a heavy tubular grill guard
and side protection.
Large cargo area
Unparalleled reliability and factory-direct support is the Eagle Tugs advantage.
Speed governed to 25 MPH
Rear hitch sight tunnel
Turn, stop, tail and backup lights on cab protection rack
Power steering & braking (hydraulic)
Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
Heavy duty wheels and radial tires
Choice of Gas (all models)
Choice of Diesel (Tier 2 models)
Choice of all wheel and rear wheel drive
Limited slip differential
E-hitch or Pintle Hook on rear and/or front of tractor
High Speed Cargo Tractor - Gas - Tow up to 75,000 lbs.
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