M67 Flame Thrower Tank

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Flame Thrower Tank M67
M67 Flamethrower Tank Vetnam.jpg
US Marine Corps M67 in action near Da Nang during Vietnam War.
Type Medium flame tank
Place of origin  United States
Service history
In service 1955—1974
Used by  United States
Wars Vietnam War
Production history
Designer Chemical Corps
Number built 109
Specifications
Weight 48 metric tons
Length 22 ft 7 in (6.871)
26 ft 6 in (8.138 m) (with gun forward)
Width 11 ft 11 in (3.632 m)
Height 10 ft 1 in (3.089 m)
Crew 3

Armor 178 mm maximum
Main
armament
M7-6 tank flamethrower
Secondary
armament
1 × .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 MG
1 × .30 cal (7.62 mm) M1919A4 MG
Engine Continental AV-1790-5B V12, air-cooled carburetor petrol engine
810 hp (604 kW)
Transmission General Motors CD-850, 2 ranges forward, 1 reverse
Suspension Torsion bar suspension
Ground clearance 420
Fuel capacity 757 litres (M67)
1268 litres (M67A)
1457 litres (M67A2)
Operational
range
115 km (71,5 miles)
Speed 48 km/h (30 mph)

Flame Thrower Tank M67 (also known as M67 "Zippo", nicknamed after a popular brand of cigarette lighter) is a postwar medium flame tank that was designed in the United States. It was designed in the years 1952—1954 on the M48 tank chassis, at the initiative of the US Marine Corps. During the production, which lasted from 1955 to (according to various sources) 1956 or 1959, 109 M67 tanks were produced for the Marine Corps and US Army.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Hunnicutt., R. P. (1984). Patton: A History of American Medium Tank Volume I. (1st ed.). Novato, CA: Presidio Press. ISBN 0-89141-230-1.