M60A3 Main Battle Tank - Fultondale, AL
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N 33° 36.485 W 086° 47.841
16S E 518799 N 3718720
Quick Description: M60A3 Patton Main Battle Tank located at the North Jefferson Veterans Memorial Park, Fultondale, AL
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 11/22/2009 1:36:55 PM
Waymark Code: WM7QCK
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
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Long Description:
The M-60 Patton Main Battle Tank (MBT) was designed in response to the Soviet T-54, as an improvement and follow-on for the M-48 Patton Tank. The M60 was the first U.S. tank to carry the MBT designation, a heavily armed and armored tank that was also fast and maneuverable.

The M-60 Patton Main Battle Tank was first produced in 1959 and fielded near the end of 1960 by Chrysler Corporation at the Detroit Tank Arsenal. During the 1970s and 1980s, the M-60 was the main assault tank for both the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. Over 15,000 M-60 tanks were delivered over its 23 year production history in the four principal variants M60, M60A1, M60A2, and M60A3.

Fielding of the M60A3 variant of the M-60 Patton Main Battle Tank (MBT) began in 1979, with nomenclature M60A3 Combat Tank, Full Tracked, 105 mm Gun. The M-60's crew consisted of the commander, gunner, loader, and driver. It operated at a top speed of 30 mph. Among other innovations, the M60 was the first U.S. tank to be equipped with laser range finders and thermal sights, giving it the capability of being employed at night and under conditions of limited visibility.

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Located in a veterans memorial park open to the public.

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