Statement from the National Armor and Cavalry Museum on the T28 accident

As a follow-up to our Photo of the Day from yesterday about the T28 heavy tank that slide off a HET during transit, here is a statement from the facebook page of the National Armor and Cavalry Museum regarding the event.

Friends of the National Armor and Cavalry Museum,

16266196_1419707518093515_9051849803821822730_nLast Thursday we were very excited to show off the T28 leaving the yard. It was on its way to begin the first part of a clean-up, re-paint, and partial restoration. Unfortunately things do not always go as planned. During the journey across post to where it was to be painted, the contracted Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) was traveling down a hill when it suffered an unexpected and massive brake failure. In order to keep the HET on the road, the contractor crew was forced to make an extremely sharp turn. This forcefully shifted the T28 (currently weighing about the same as an M1A2 Abrams as it is without its outer track set or engine installed) around the trailer. Despite the large amounts of chain used, the T28 broke completely free. In hindsight, this probably prevented a worse accident since the T28 was not left partially chained, which could have caused the tank to roll over and off. Instead the T28 slid off the trailer and hit the ground with both tracks. It then rolled rear first, into a ditch before stopping.

First and foremost, we are extremely thankful no one was injured in the incident. As for the accident itself, the appropriate departments are conducting their investigations. As for the T28, we are very lucky that it was built very tough! Considering the U.S. Super Heavy was definitely not designed to fly short distances, it landed in the best manner imaginable. The impact of the landing and subsequent stop in the ditch did cause some damage to the suspension, specifically two bogie stations. The good news is everything is repairable and will be incorporated into the painting and cleanup. While she spent a night in the ditch, she was recovered the next day with no issues by two M88A1 Hercules Recovery Vehicles. During this time, we did not put out information until all chains of command could be informed and a proper damage assessment could be completed. While this is an unfortunate setback, it is minor in the long run and the T28 will be back. In closing we’d like to thank everyone for their support during this process and hope you continue to follow our work in preserving and restoring the U.S. Army’s armor collection. Thank you!

Sincerly,

The NACM Staff and Volunteers

Armor for the Ages: Type 95 Ha-Go

Type9502Armor for the Ages website has created a new page and photo gallery for the Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go light tank that is kept at the National Armor and Cavalry Museum collection at Fort Benning GA.  This particular vehicle was one of two captured by the U.S. Army’s 40th Infantry Division in the Philippines in 1945.  It was brought back to the US and resided in California for a while before being transferred to the Patton Museum.  A more complete history of the vehicle can be read at the AFTA website here.

Two photo galleries of this tank can be viewed at the AFTA website.  Click on the picture to go to the gallery page.

Gallery One (exterior pictures)

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Gallery Two (interior pictures)

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If you would like to support the work documented by Armor for the Ages, consider donating to either the Patton Museum or the National Armor and Cavalry Museum Foundation.

Armor for the Ages: PzKpfw II

AFTA pz IIArmor for the Ages website has created a new page and photo gallery for the Pz II tank that is kept at the National Armor and Cavalry Museum collection at Fort Benning GA.  This particular vehicle was captured by US forces in Tunisia in 1943 and was kept at the Ordnance Museum at Aberdeen Proving Grounds for many years.  In 1989 it was loaned to the Auto and Technik Museum in Sinsheim Germany where an automotive restoration of the vehicle was performed.  After over a decade in Germany, the vehicle was shipped back to the US.  A more complete history of the vehicle can be read at the AFTA website here.

To view the vehicle photo gallery, click on the image below.

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