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M60A3 tank -guarding the Cherokee Tribal Council Grounds
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member GA Cacher
N 35° 29.020 W 083° 19.109
17S E 289668 N 3929153
Quick Description: Patton Tank guarding the back corner of the Cherokee Tribal Council Grounds.
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 10/11/2007 5:25:34 AM
Waymark Code: WM2CCW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member CoinsAndPins
Views: 183

Long Description:
The M60A3 tank was used 1962 - 1984. Had a crew of 4 and was armed with a 105mm gun along with a 50 caliber machine gun in the commander's cupola and 7.62 mm coaxial mounted machine gun. The tank has armor varying from 12 to 120 mm. The tank is 22'9" long and weighs 54 tons. Top speed is 30 mph with a range of 310 miles.

M46, M47, M48 and M60 Patton were the United States Army's principal main battle tanks of the Cold War, with models in service from the late 1940s to the 1990s. The M46 was the primary U.S. tank in the Korean War and the M48 was the primary U.S. Army and Marine Corps tank during the Vietnam War. The M47 saw no action while serving with the U.S. military and the M60A1 saw limited service in Desert Storm. It was widely used by U.S. Cold-War allies, especially other NATO countries. The many models were named after General George S. Patton, commander of the U.S. Third Army during World War II and one of the earliest American advocates for the use of tanks in battle.

The Patton tank replaced later versions of the M4 Sherman and M26 Pershing. Internationally, many various Patton models remain in service. Although referred to here as the Patton series, the M48 and M60A1 were each completely new tank designs, despite their outward resemblance. The latest version of the Patton was the M60A3 variant that entered service in 1978. In 1980 the M1 Abrams was introduced, which would replace the Patton tank series over a ten year period (Some M48A5 models also served alongside them both as well into the 1980s).

The M103 heavy tank shared some components of the M47, M48 and M60.

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