At the recent Flying Heritage Collection Skyfair 2014 at Paine Field in Everett, Washington they had a little diversion from the aviation displays. A part of their collection includes World War Two tanks and on this event they were driving around their American M4A1 Sherman and Soviet era KMDB (Main Design Bureau) T-34/85 medium tanks.
The M4A1 Sherman has road tracks on but the T-34/85 did not and it made a hell of a mess of their purpose-built display track, tearing up the dirt at every turn! The T-34/85 seemed such a clunky beast and very noisy in comparison to the Sherman!
This noise was significantly ramped up when they fired the guns of both tanks. Very loud to say the least!
49,000 M4 Sherman’s were built between 1941 to 1945 and 84,000 T-34’s were built between 1940 to 1958 (the latter was the most produced tank of any nation in WW2)! Although neither tank was better than later period German tanks, both contributed to victory in World War Two by sheer number alone! The Soviet Union operated the T-34 into the late 1960’s and many nations continued to do so well after that date. The United States operated the M4 until 1955 but like the T-34 other nations operated them much longer and they were used in combat in the Middle East into the 1970’s. The longevity of these tanks is impressive!
This display of armoured vehicles was a great side-show to the main event! A tank of another kind was at the show too, this time it was a Soviet era flying tank…