Queen Mary trailer
A Queen Mary trailer is a type of semi-trailer combination designed for the carriage and recovery of aircraft. The trailer was made by Tasker Trailers of Andover with Bedford or Crossley Motors tractors.
Key features included:
- Very low floor and ground clearance, typically around 12 inches (305 mm).
- Single axle.
- Wheels outboard of load area.
- Side rails to allow carriage of wings upright, resting on their leading edges.
Load was 5 tons "distributed evenly".
These features were a natural result of the intended load, aircraft being typically light but long. The name is presumed to derive from its length, a reference to the RMS Queen Mary of the Cunard Line.
Post-war civilian operators included Silver City Airways.
Notes and references
- Photographs of Queen Mary trailer towed by a Bedford tractor at 2 M. T. RAF Lichfield; this is similar to the well-known Airfix model in the RAF Recovery set.
- Photograph and brief text, a Hawker Tempest on a Queen Mary trailer following a crash landing.
- Picture of a recovered crashed Lancaster bomber being transported on a Queen Mary trailer
- A picture of a de Havilland Comet airliner fuselage being carried on a Queen Mary trailer
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