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Old 09-13-2016, 06:41 PM   #1
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Hello Gents,

I don't know if we already have a thread on this subject or even if there is any interest.

In any event, please see the following two images. I'd be interested in any comments. There may be some interesting uniform notes as well.

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Here is the other image.

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Old 09-14-2016, 08:27 AM   #3
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TJ,

Always interested in something new. What sort of equipment are we looking at in your photograph?

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Old 09-14-2016, 08:54 AM   #4
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I think it is a bomb lifter.
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TJ,

I've looked on line for "flight line support equipment" and a"ircraft support equipment" in the BW without any success. Interesting topic so I'll keep looking.

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Old 09-14-2016, 05:28 PM   #6
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Gordon and Frank,

Thanks for your comments. I have no idea what this support vehicle was used for but I think Frank's suggestion is very plausible.

It appears as though the lads also had access to a shop truck. I think this is a Lkw 5 t gl MAN 630 L2A (someone please verify, I have a bad track record on vehicle identification).

Maybe the tactical markings on the truck will give us a clue to the support gear functionality?

These guys seem very casual. I always think of the early Bundeswehr as being more concerned with personal appearance.

Thanks for the help.

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Old 09-15-2016, 03:56 AM   #7
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Ah !

There they did go ... I saw these pictures on Ebay a while ago ...

I don`t have my reference books at hand but this should be a small crane ...

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...and here we go. Not with something from my reference books but with a kind of pre viev for the next book ... the picture of this crane was taken on the Cologne-Wahn airfield around the year 1960. This - and lots of other pictures of airfield equipment - were taken on order of the former commader of the airfield. In volume 2 you also can see sevreal of these pictures, for example the Ford Nato-Goat or the Borgward B1500 light truck...



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Jens,

Great photo! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait for Volume II; the first book was a beauty.

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"I can't wait for Volume II;"

Sadly Torsten from VS books was not able to find a partner publisher / book-dealer in the states willing to take the book in his catalogue making the acess easyer for you over the Atlantic ... but he will be glad to send you a copy directly, as well as I can do that too...

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Jens,

Great photo. Now we know that TJs first post shows us the same crane as your picture.

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