Tanks, Roll Out!

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.

T-34/85 and M4A1 Sherman
T-34/85 and M4A1 Sherman stand-off
German WW2 SdKfz 2 Kettenkrad Flying Heritage Collection Everett WA USA
Before the tanks came out they were driving about in this brilliant little German WW2 SdKfz 2 Kettenkrad
M4 Sherman away
M4 Sherman away

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!

T-34/85  FHC everett washington FHC Skyfair 2014
The T-34/85 starts tearing up the track!
T-34 display flying heritage collection
Roll out!

This noise was significantly ramped up when they fired the guns of both tanks. Very loud to say the least!

M4 Sherman on the move
M4 Sherman on the move

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!

M4 Sherman
The M4 Sherman could drive on the tarmac
Here comes trouble!
Here comes trouble!
Business end of the T-34/85
Business end of the T-34/85
M4 Sherman looking for a target FHC Skyfair 2014
M4 Sherman looking for a target
T-34 tank FHC Skyfair 2014
The winter camouflage was not necessary today

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…

A flying tank! The Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik @ FHC Skyfair 2014
A flying tank! The Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik @ FHC Skyfair 2014 (The only flying example in the world)

2 Comments Add yours

  1. travelforaircraft says:

    The Kettenkrad is the one for me! Thanks for the post and the images 🙂

    1. Deano says:

      Oh yes, I want one too!

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