TA-40b Air Cargo Loader
The TA-40b is a self-propelled elevator designed to load cargo onto the main deck of wide-body aircraft, such as the B-747, DC10, and L-1011. In addition, it can, with the use of an adapter assembly attached to the front end of the loader platform, service the lower lobe of the B-747 and forward wide doors of the DC-10 aircraft. The loader has a lifting capacity of 40,000 pounds from a bed height of 20 inches up to 216 inches.
The TA-40 Loader has an adapter that is used for loading the lower lobe of a B-747. It protrudes out from the front edge of the loader but does not run the entire width of the loader platform. When positioned against the door of the KC-10 there is a gap on the loader operator's side of the loader approximately forty inches long and twenty inches deep from the doorsill to the loader. This gap presents a safety hazard. The KC-10 boom operator will request removal of the loader extension to eliminate the gap.
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