New Display at Heartland Acres: 1944 WWII Case SI Airborne Tractor

| 7/26/2012 4:11:01 PM

Immediate News Release:
Heartland Acres Agribition Center
2600 Swan Lake Blvd.
Independence, Iowa 50644
319 332-0123
Attn: Craig Johnson

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Heartland Acres Agribiton Center announces the arrival of the rare and historically significant 1944 WWII Case SI “Airborne” Tractor. The display joins a line-up of agricultural displays, ranging from the early 1800s to present day.

WWII U.S. military supremacy was aided by agricultural manufactures during one of the largest military build-ups of the day. U.S. military equipment specifications called for heavy duty use, quick and easy transportation and simple serviceability. The CASE SI met these specifications.

CASE SI Airborne Tractor
Seen in the picture is the U.S. Army invasion star shown on the CASE SI “Airborne” tractor at Heartland Acres. 

The Case SI “Airborne” was a standard tractor with special added features to meet combat needs. Hooks for tie-downs in gliders as well as C-47 transport aircraft were added. The bucket of the SI was built to clear hedgerows and other obstacles. A pan was built underneath the driver seat to allow for ballast. During transport the pan was left empty, but once on site was filled with sand, gravel, or any available material to aid in keeping the tractor stable during operation. When transportation was needed again a hinged door on the bottom of the pan was opened to allow the ballast materials out to reduce transportation weight.