Fearless Tower wrote:
If it is a T-hanger with 44' or 46' wide door, the towbar will work but VERY carefully, as the side margin for wingtip clearance is small. The T-6 has a 42' wing span. For a T-hanger, might better suggest a tailwheel tow/dolly as this will give more precise control down the center of the hanger floor. And paint the center stripe on the floor inside and outside the hanger for guidance.
That is my big concern with the tug and towbar idea (particularly since I have no personal experience with them). It will be a T-hangar with a 44' wide door. I am leaning toward the tailwheel tow/dolly for the primary reason that I suspect I'll have a little better control during that critical phase of getting the wingstips in and out without scrapes. Rubbin' may be racin' in NASCAR.....but not what I want to do with an aeroplane.
Is there room with the hangar depth for towing from the tail? Your tug device might be trapped and have to stay connected at the back of the hangar.
With using a tug and tow bar n the mains you paint stripes where the wheels need to be and you leave the rear MLG chocks in place all the time. (actually you also paint marks for their location as well)
You always pull straight out and make sure you are aligned so you push straight in. It isn't that big a deal.
If you are a precision pilot in operating your aircraft, being precise in moving it on the ground shouldn't be that different in application. Just a new skill.
Towing from the rear you are further from the wingtips than towing from up front. While you will see the rear of the tip hitting the hangar by towing from the rear if you have measured out and painted stripes for the CL for the tail wheel and stripes for where the main wheels go and have chocks in place on the ground to touch against for when you are all the way in then you can actually see that you have the wheels in alignment with your marks as you push it in so you won't hit the walls with the tips. Towing from the rear you can't see the main wheels and may not be able to see the tail wheel as well unless you lean to the side.
When we were at North East Philly we had P-51s and SNJs in T Hangars built in the 50s.
The P-51 wouldn't fit due to the prop hitting the open door so a ramp was built. As the tail raised the nose lowered to clear the overhead door. The parked position was close to in flight level attitude. You made sure you used big, heavy chocks. The biggest issue I saw was the several times the towbar was hit by the closed door when I walked in on monday morning. One leg typically would be hovering up in the air and the towbar was bent already when I started working for Jim sr.
Weigh all the factors and figure out what works for you. If you need to move it around other than just into and out of the hangar than go with bigger equip for towing. There may be a point where you have to go rescue your broken aircraft from a taxiway or down the ramp too. If you have to borrow a bigger tug or hire the FBO to move it make sure your towing setup that will work there as well.
Don't just trust anyone moving it, even the folks from the FBO. Most hangar rash I've had to deal with is caused by FBO workers. The folks who always move A/C.