Super Heavy Tank #3: T28 Super Heavy Tank

Super Heavy Tank #3: T28 Super Heavy Tank

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-28_Super_Heavy_Tank

The T28 super heavy tank (also called 105 mm Gun Motor Carriage T95) was a prototype heavily armored self-propelled gun designed for the US Army during World War II. It was originally designed to be used to break through German defenses at the Siegfried Line, and was later considered as a possible participant in an invasion of the Japanese mainland. Although sometimes referred to as a super-heavy tank the T28 was re-designated as the 105 mm Gun Motor Carriage T95 in 1945 and then renamed a super heavy tank in 1946.[3]

Because this vehicle did not have a turret, the T28 more closely resembled a self-propelled gun and was redesignated as the T95 Gun Motor Carriage in 1945, but in June 1946, the vehicle was, again, redesignated Super Heavy Tank T28.[3] It has been argued that it was neither a super-heavy tank nor a self-propelled gun, but that it was in fact a very heavy tank destroyer intended for German heavy tanks.[2]

Two prototypes of the T28 were built. They underwent evaluation at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds and the Fort Knox facilities until 1947. In 1947 one of the T28s was heavily damaged by an engine fire during trials at Yuma Proving Grounds and scrapped, and the other T28 was reported broken up and also sold for scrap. The T28 never went into service. This was because during the later stages of T28 development and evaluation were overtaken by that of the T29 and T30.[3] The T29 mounted the same gun in a conventional rotating turret. The T30 was developed with a larger-caliber gun and more powerful engine. Because of this the T28 program was terminated in October 1947.[3]

Specs:
Weight 95 short tons (86.2 metric tons)
Length 36 ft 6 in (11.1 m)
Width 14 ft 11 in (4.39 m)
Height 9 ft 4 in (2.84 m)
Crew 3/4[1][2]

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Caliber 105 mm
Elevation 19.5° to -5°
Traverse 10° right, 11° left
Maximum range 12 mi (19 km)

Armor 12 in (300 mm)
Primary
armament 105 mm T5E1 gun, with 62 rounds
Secondary
armament .50-cal machine gun, with 660 rounds
Engine Ford GAF V-8 gasoline
500 hp (372 kW)[1]
Power/weight 5.8 hp/tonne
Suspension double track
Operational
range 100 mi (160 km)
Speed 12 mph (19.3 km/h)

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 11:57 PM

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That is an awesome piece of machinery!

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 12:00 AM

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Yeah it does... looks like something out of some military freak's dream and then made real.... Damnit how do they know what im dreamin about!?!?!

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Rat Patroll

Anyone remember the TV show
Rat Patroll ?
The dune buggys armed with 50s
I really dug that

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 12:04 AM

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Loved that show!

Loved that show!

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 12:05 AM

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Never seen it, born to late but i think i know what kinda vehicle your talkin bout.

4 years 26 weeks ago, 12:06 AM

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I'm sorry, you missed a good one

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 12:08 AM

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Too young, damn kids!lol

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 12:08 AM

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Probably did... hell i miss all the good pre-FCC tv shows....

4 years 26 weeks ago, 12:11 AM

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google Rat Patroll
There are about 10 film clips of the show

Mike They were driving jeeps not dune buggys

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 12:12 AM

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Sono,Hell, you should have watched tv when it was black and white and only 9 channels! We kids were the remote control "hey Mike go change the channel"

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 12:15 AM

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I was 11 yrs old when we got our 1st TV
It had an 8 inch round screen

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 12:17 AM

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Wow, that was even before my time!

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Think they were fighting Romal in every other episode.

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I think your right, I googled rat patroll
and found a bunch of vidio clips, I'm going
to watch them

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4 years 26 weeks ago, 12:23 AM

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Well, I'm gonna try to get some sleep after reading about gregs feet, probably gonna call my therapist and go back to rehab after that. Time for this one to go to bed, Good Night all!!

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take care buddy

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much

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