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Douglas Equipment, located in Cheltenham, UK, established as FL Douglas (Equipment) Limited in 1947 by Frank Leslie Douglas, today trades as Douglas Equipment  and has become one of the world's leading suppliers of aviation towing tractors, ground support vehicles, port tractors, distribution and yard shunting tractors.  Today they are a brand of Textron Ground Support Equipment Inc.


The firm also built a range of industrial tug trucks for trailer haulage in factories, ports and docks loading ships. The Douglas Tugmaster was introduced in the early 1950's, with a new model for the Ro-Ro ships in 1955 called the Douglas Tugmaster Ro-Ro.

Douglas Equipment remains a recognized leader for more than 60 years in the manufacturing and supply of aircraft handling tractors, including parts, service and support to the commercial aviation and military industries worldwide. We manufacture and supply a diverse line of conventional, towbarless, dockside and distribution tractors.

Douglas continues to foster industry innovations ahead of the competition while making our customer's jobs easier by providing a wide range of industry solutions, including:

Products engineered to industry needs
Affordable product-life costs
Increased product durability
Designed ease-of-use, with minimal maintenance
Comprehensive service and support
Long-term spare parts warehousing
Qualified driver and maintenance training
Work environment / partnerships

The company's challenging and rewarding work environment, in concert with our state-of-the-art facilities, enables the Douglas team to design, develop and deliver the most effective industry products, parts and services, meeting the needs and at times surpassing the expectations of our commercial aviation and military customers.

Douglas is always seeking partnership suppliers at all levels of business. Subsequently, they often develop relationships with customers in new markets through these collaborations. In 1989, Douglas introduced the Douglas-Kalmar range of new technology Towbarless Aircraft Tractors and have now become the world's foremost manufacturer of these versatile tractors, with units in operation throughout Europe, Scandinavia, North America, Middle East, Africa, South East Asia and The Far East.


January 2015 - Charlotte, USA-based Curtiss-Wright Corp. says it has sold its Douglas Equipment business to a unit of Textron Inc. The sale of the assets of Douglas, which is based in Chelthenham, England, allows Curtiss-Wright to concentrate on its core commercial aviation business, said David Adams, CEO of Curtiss-Wright. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Douglas, founded in 1947, makes aviation ground-support vehicles and runway friction-measuring devices.



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