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Halvorsen Loader

The Halvorsen Loader is a rapidly deployable, high-reach mechanized aircraft loader that can transport and lift up to 25,000 pounds of cargo and load it onto military and civilian aircraft.

The loader built by JBT AeroTech (formerly FMC Airport Systems) is highly mobile and can transport a full load of cargo at a maximum speed of 17 mph. Its versatile deck elevates from 39 inches to 18 feet, 4 inches high and employs a powered conveyer system to move the cargo on or off the aircraft. The deck has pitch, roll, and side-to-side adjustment for quick and efficient interface with all military and commercial cargo aircraft, including the B-747, L-1011, and DC-10. The loader has a 100-inch wheel-to-wheel width for loading/unloading and transport operations. The loader is easily configured from operational to transport mode, which reduces the width from 170 inches to 109 inches. The chassis is also hydraulically adjustable to facilitate driving the loader on or off of C-130, C-141, C-5, or C-17 aircraft when it is transported.

The loader entered service in 2001. The Halvorsen loaders have replaced the older 25,000-pound loaders and the wide body elevator loaders. The old 25,000-pound loader could only be raised to a height of 13 feet, which was not able to support most commercial airplanes.

General Characteristics
Weight (unloaded): 31,350 lbs.
Width (operation): 170 in.
Width (air transport): 109 in.
Length: 29.5 ft.
Deck Height, (variable): 39 inches to 18 ft. 4 in.
Maximum Speed (loaded): 17 mph
Maximum Payload: 25,000 lbs.
Turning Diameter: 50 ft.