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Essayons  [Team Member]
9/10/2009 12:58:57 PM
Any Combat Engineers or Tankers out there remember these:



This is one of the few good photos I've found online. I'd love to have more photos and info. It's an interesting vehicle, and much less information is available on them than is available for most military vehicles. I crewed one from '83 to '85.

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MARNESAPPER  [Member]
9/11/2009 2:47:15 PM
That is not one of the boat for the old MT46 is it? I beleive that may be what it is but I only have the new version of FM 5-34. I learned about them in OBC but we never saw one in person. We only trained on MGB, Bailer, and AFB. Went to WFEL about a year after OBC and saw the then prototype for the HDSB. I remeber thinking how much better it was than the MGB. Same company though. My boats when I was a PL were also made by WFEL. I will try to remember to swing by the museum after work and see if they have one out there.
Seabee_Mech  [Team Member]
9/11/2009 2:56:36 PM
Nope, but I drove these for awhile:




I used to see the LARC 60s out of Fort Eustis using the old Sea Plane ramps at NAS Norfolk from time to time.

MARNESAPPER  [Member]
9/11/2009 3:02:21 PM
Nevermind not a M4T6 BEB. I gues the Mk 1 BEB was same design as current MK II.
Essayons  [Team Member]
9/11/2009 3:39:59 PM
Originally Posted By MARNESAPPER:
Nevermind not a M4T6 BEB. I gues the Mk 1 BEB was same design as current MK II.


Nope, I only saw M4T6 in AIT (along with Bailey bridge). I worked with the "MAB" or "MOFAB" in my OP in Germany, plus Ribbon Bridge at Ft. Knox and Ft. Lewis. I loved those Bridge Boats with the dual Saber diesels and reversible jets. We always wanted to see if we could ski behind one, but never got around to trying it.

21BoomCBTENGR  [Member]
9/12/2009 6:08:21 AM
nah, i've only been in since '03, besides which, the Chucks would never let me near their shit cuz they know i like to break expensive things.
Recon_by_Fire  [Team Member]
9/13/2009 11:51:34 PM
I drove an armored vehicle across one of those floating bridges a long tome ago, couldn't tell you exactly what models they were because it was pitch black and I was just following the engineer ground guide and his green chem-light. But that thing scared the hell out of me, especially since I couldn't see the bridge and had no idea we would be crossing it until we rolled off solid ground and onto it!
Essayons  [Team Member]
9/14/2009 2:12:01 PM
Originally Posted By Recon_by_Fire:
I drove an armored vehicle across one of those floating bridges a long tome ago, couldn't tell you exactly what models they were because it was pitch black and I was just following the engineer ground guide and his green chem-light. But that thing scared the hell out of me, especially since I couldn't see the bridge and had no idea we would be crossing it until we rolled off solid ground and onto it!


I might have been that guy with the chem light. IIRC, an M60 had a few inches on each side of the roadway, and we had to put the curbs down to cross M1s when they came out

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