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What Am I for Tuesday 8/26/14

Posted By Jeff Lakaszcyck 6 Years Ago
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I was surprised to find out who built this mobile airport lounge in 1961. Photo from John Algood.

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That's the sort of oddball LeTourneau can run out, but then that wouldn't be surprising, would it?

Too many Dodges and Dodge-powered things...
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There are some styling cues here that makes me think Chevrolet.
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Chrysler chassis, Budd body. Twin engined but no idea which Mopar engine they used (probably poly 318?). Used at Dulles airport until recently (maybe still in use).
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100% with the "brain" -- Chrysler / Budd 



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This is a pretty unusual vehicle, but "T" has it nailed. Bill White sent me the following info, which pretty much covers all the bases.

These are Dulles Airport "mobile lounges" that moved passengers from terminal to plane. Consisting of a body made the Budd Co. of Philadelphia mated to a Chrysler chassis powered by two 172-hp engines, each 37-ton, 90-passenger unit cost $232,733; an engineering prototype constructed in 1961 cost $1.6 million.
The PTV (mobile lounge) is a 54-by-16-foot carriage mounted on a scissor truck, capable of carrying 102 passengers. These vehicles were designed by the Chrysler Corporation in association with the Budd Company, and are sometimes nicknamed "moon buggies" due to their otherworldly appearance. When mobile lounges were first introduced, they had ramps at one end that could be raised or lowered to the floor height of an aircraft. However, after Dulles built the midfield concourses, some of the lounges were retrofitted to be used only for inter-terminal passenger transport. The ramps were removed and doors that could interlock with a terminal building were fitted to either end. Mobile lounges have a driver's cab at each end. The wheels at either end of the lounge can be steered, but the wheels at the end opposite the driver lock into a straight-ahead configuration so that the lounge is steered only by the forward driving wheels

Thanks to John Allgood for the WAI photo, and Bill White for the rest, from Shorpy's.

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