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Douglas Equipment Limited, based in Cheltenham, UK, is one of the world‘s leading suppliers of aviation towing tractors, ground support vehicles and yard shunting tractors. The company has been in business since 1947 and over the years has built a solid reputation for cutting edge design. In 1989 Douglas Equipment introduced its Douglas-Kalmar range of towbarless aircraft handling tractors and is now the world‘s foremost manufacturer of these vehicles with hundreds of units in operation across the globe. Douglas Equipment is an English manufacturer of vehicles that support the aircraft industry such as tugs, tractors etc. The firm is headquartered in the Arle area of Cheltenham, England with manufacturing operations around the world.

Douglas was founded in Cheltenham in 1947 by Frank Leslie Douglas, a local engineer who modified traditional commercial vehicles for off-road use. It diversified into dock-side con¬tainer handling equipment and then into airport towing tractors.
Douglas specialize in heavy tractors beginning in 1947 with the four-wheel drive Transporter. This might be described as a development of the wartime AEC Matador 4x4 medium artillery tractor produced from 1939 to 1945. Although many ex-Army Matadors later entered service with timber hauliers, there was also a role for the Douglas Transporter in such work since it had the benefit of the more powerful AEC 9.6 litre/588cu in diesel rated at 125bhp. The Douglas also featured the more inodern AEC Mk.III pattern cab. Other Douglas tractors included the Tugmaster funvard-control tor industrial and airport use. This was mainly powered by a Perkins diesel. A special elevating tilth-wheel Tugmaster RO-RO tractor for use at ferry terminals appeared in 19.5.5.
Since 2002 it has been owned by Aquarius Group, a family-owned business based in Hong Kong that has various air¬port-related interests.

Today Douglas, as part of the Dennis Group Pic. continues to be a major supplier of heavy-duty terminal tractors. The current Tugmaster range includes the NS8-220, for a fifth-wheel loading up to 35 tonnes, the NS8-210 for 25 to 30 tonnes and the HM-50 for 16.5 tonnes. The standard power unit is the 5.9 litre/360cu in Cummins B-series diesel, but Volvo diesel engines are optional on the NS8.

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