Radio Tractor

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Radio Tractor
Radio tractor new mexico.jpg
Radio Tractor No. 3 on White Chassis
Type Radio truck
Place of origin  United States
Service history
In service 1914-?
Used by US Army
Wars World War I
Production history
Designed 1914-?
Manufacturer FWD, White Motor Company
Produced 1914
Variants 3
Weight 1 1/2 ton
Crew 7

Armor none

The Radio tractor was a mobile Signal Corps Radio used by the U.S. Army for ground communications before and during World War I. Prior to World War I, trucks were referred to as "tractors", and there were also telegraph tractors, and telephone tractors.


Very little information exists for these trucks, as most of the components were built before standardization. They first made their debut on the Mexican border in a radio intercept role, and later during World War I, some sets may have been reconfigured for RDF and other uses.



Radio Tractor No.2

At least 3 variants are known:

The No.3 truck was also accompanied by a tender "Maintenance truck No. 5" later renumbered as K-5.

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