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    @ bovington for a tank display show in April

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG1C2rHh2Bo

    If memory serves me correct I saw a piece about this particular vehicle on the history channel a few years back.

    She was a non functioning static display that had been left to rot @ Abeerdeen and they drug it into shop somewhere for a paint job.

    Been a few years since I looked @ the pics of the stuff @ Aberdeen...all of it looked to be in sad shape...thinkin they got a K5 there to..?

    Crying shame..several million dollars worth of stuff left to rust.....course the military doesnt have the talent,or the money,or the desire to fix a bunch of antique weaponry.

    Should be sold to the private market where it can be restored,made whole and used in demonstrations where you can see history live again...for an admission price naturally...but who wouldnt mind payin that.

    How many thousands of people would show up for some live fire displays once a month..especially the K5..!
    If only...

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    The former collection at Aberdeen is now scattered about //// And yes it was absolutely deplorable that these vehicle were left to rust for 60 years in the open //// I remember 35 years ago, when I was on active duty Armor branch, walking among the rusting and ruined vehicles, and feeling very badly no one gave a damn.
    Neca eos omnes. Deus suos agnoscet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave View Post
    The former collection at Aberdeen is now scattered about //// And yes it was absolutely deplorable that these vehicle were left to rust for 60 years in the open //// I remember 35 years ago, when I was on active duty Armor branch, walking among the rusting and ruined vehicles, and feeling very badly no one gave a damn.
    Guess we should just be thankful they werent used for target practice..

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    There were several Tiger II hulls / turrets at Aberdeen, as well as complete panthers, used as hard targets by the army in the 1950s
    Neca eos omnes. Deus suos agnoscet.

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    In most of the videos I've seen, the Bovington Tiger engine runs like crap, like they're running it with the choke closed. It barely seems to be able to pull its own weight.
    Compare that to the Panther used by the German Military Tank Test Center, breathing fire like it's supposed to:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsodIneQGzI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f0JdTW3rUE

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    In most of the videos I've seen, the Bovington Tiger engine runs like crap, like they're running it with the choke closed. It barely seems to be able to pull its own weight.
    Compare that to the Panther used by the German Military Tank Test Center, breathing fire like it's supposed to:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsodIneQGzI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f0JdTW3rUE

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    I am glad that it is not rusting in a field anymore. No money to save prices of history but we have plenty of it for sex change operations. I am glad I was able to take a trip to Aberdine Proving Grounds before it was sent to different corners of the world or scrapped. It was sad to see everything rusting to the ground but I was glad to look at it. It was part of my two stop trip to there and the B & O Railroad Museum. There is a major difference on how the collections were treated.

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