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Boalsburg in Centre County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

M60A3 Tank

Pennsylvania Military Museum

 
 
M60A3 Tank Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2009
1. M60A3 Tank Marker
Inscription. No tank performed longer than the M60 series. First introduced in 1961, the M60 series, with its advanced weapon control and mighty engine, served under the administrations of nine U.S. Presidents. The brawny tank's thick armor eventually shielded the soldiers of 22 different countries. The last of these 60-ton giants was phased out of National Guard and Reserve service in 1997.

The A3's improvements over earlier M60 models included a ballistic computer for fire control, and a laser range finder. A thermal gun sleeve kept heated guns from sagging. A much admired advanced thermal sight system provided night vision.

About the M60A3 Tank
First accepted: 1978
Manufacturer: Chrysler Corporation
Total built: 5,400
Crew: 4 men (Commander, Gunner, Loader, Driver)
Armament: M68 105mm gun, M240 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, M85 12.7mm cupola-mounted machine gun
Armor: 10" thick at front of turret, hull up to 5-1/2" thick
Engine: Continental AVDS-1790-2C; 12 cylinder, turbocharged diesel
Horsepower: 750 @ 2,400 rpm
Maximum road speed: 30 mph
 
Location. 40° 46.897′ N, 77° 47.726′ W. Marker is in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, in Centre County. Marker can be reached from Old Boalsburg Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map
M60A3 Tank and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2009
2. M60A3 Tank and Marker
. Located next to the Pennsylvania Military Museum building. Marker is in this post office area: Boalsburg PA 16827, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Pennsylvania Military Museum / 28th Infantry Division Shrine (within shouting distance of this marker); Coshocton Train Wreck (within shouting distance of this marker); The 28th Division Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Boal Troop (about 300 feet away); 109th Infantry Regiment (about 300 feet away); 103rd Engineers (about 300 feet away); 110th Infantry Regiment (about 300 feet away); 28th Signal Battalion (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Boalsburg.
 
More about this marker. On the lower right are photos of the M60A3 in service. An M60A3 tank from the 32nd Armor, 3rd Armored Division participates in training exercises at Hohenfels, Germany. The M60A3 variant served in Germany from 1979 until the late 1980s. The other photo shows that U.S. Marine corps M60A1 tanks with explosive reactive armor served in the Middle East during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. M60s did not serve in Vietnam. Troops in Europe needed them there to counter the threat of powerful Soviet T-55, T-62, and T-72 tanks during
M60A3 Tank Suspension image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2009
3. M60A3 Tank Suspension
the Cold War.

 
Also see . . .  M60 Series. Wikipedia article with a history of the series. (Submitted on July 1, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Military
 
Close Up of the Rather Massive Turret image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2009
4. Close Up of the Rather Massive Turret
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,163 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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