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Big Wind: Fire-Fighting Machine Made from Tank and Jet Parts (2015) (mpora.com)
50 points by vinnyglennon 10 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 13 comments

In 2001, Car and Driver magazine wrote an article [1] on this that supplies additional narration, context, and detail.

[1] https://web.archive.org/web/20140913050248/http://www.carand...

That was very interesting reading. I am surprised I never heard about it before.

This is a bigger version of the Soviet TMS-65, which is a jet engine on a turret on a truck. It's for decontaminating tanks after a chemical attack, and can also be used to generate smoke screens.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBI43LKuW00

Since the video on the page isn't loading correctly, you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EYRPJgZdp4&feature=youtu.be

I actually seen photos of those in action: during 70s, my parents had natural gas well in their backyard and one day it did catch the fire. Fire fighters waited for week or two and hoped the gas will deplete itself, after that they bring those machines which blow out the fire. So those machines are probably few decades older than stated in article.

The M1 Abrams actually uses a gas turbine for propulsion too.


Jet engine and gas turbine are not same or that similar.

Well, not really. The power plant is a gas turbine but the tank is propelled by treads which are driven by the turbine through a transmission.

To say it's propelled by a gas turbine is a little misleading and implied it's a jet tank of some sort.

> To say it's propelled by a gas turbine is a little misleading and implied it's a jet tank of some sort.

No it's not, unless you think it's also misleading to say a car is propelled by a piston engine. Is a car propelled by its tires?

>Is a car propelled by its tires?


It's NOT* propelled by a diesel piston engine, it's propelled by a turbine engine. Seems like a fair assessment, nothing misleading.

*Edit: added required negative

> It's propelled by a diesel piston engine

I don't think it is - the power pack is a turbine which is connected to the drive. If you look at cross sections you can see it doesn't contain pistons.


lol, I know, I was thinking faster than I typed and missed a "not" in there... fixed it. :P

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