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Poll: Panther's final drives (57 members have cast votes)

Was the weak final drive on Panther medium tank variant ever solved?

  1. Never solved (38 votes [66.67%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 66.67%

  2. Solved on late models (7 votes [12.28%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 12.28%

  3. Unknown (12 votes [21.05%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 21.05%

Was the weak final drive problem ever solved on specialist types? (JagdPanther, BergePanther)

  1. It was never solved (20 votes [35.09%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 35.09%

  2. It was solved on late JP's / BP's (19 votes [33.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  3. Unknown (18 votes [31.58%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 31.58%

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Walter_Sobchak #121 Posted Sep 08 2014 - 16:51


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View PostDaigensui, on Sep 08 2014 - 00:44, said:


Just how old is he? I'm assuming you are at least as old as your avatar.


I'm 41.  My father is 72.  He retired last year after 47 years with the company.  He started at Continental Motors in Detroit in the late 60's working as an engineer in the test cells.  By the early 70's he was picked to go to a DoD "program manager" school.  By 1975 he was the program manager of the RISE improvement program for the AVDS-1790 for the M60 tank series.  Also in 1975 he was transferred to Muskegon, since Continental Motors (at this point owned by Teledyne) moved all engine production there.  By 1980 he was the program manager for Continentals unsuccessful bid for the HUMVEE program.  Later that decade he was PM for Continental's failed bid on the FMTV program.  Teledyne Continental was primarily an engine company and the underdog in these various wheeled vehicle competitions.  By 1995 Teledyne sold the Muskegon plant to General Dynamics Land Systems and my dad found himself working for "the enemy."  During this period, he was back working on the AVDS-1790, in particular, running the program to get a prototype of the engine up to 1500HP.  By 2006  General Dynamics sold the Muskegon plant to L3 Communications, so once again he found himself working for a new company.  The final period of his career was spent mostly working on the M88A2 Hercules program, since this vehicle is the only thing new AVDS-1790 engines are being built for the US army. 


Funny thing, my dad spent his entire career working for a company that makes tank engines, but he really does not have much interest in tanks.  I on the other hand, have a great deal of interest in tanks and yet work at a non-profit community theater and performance center.  As you can imagine, I don't share my interest in tanks and military history with many of my coworkers. 




Edited by Walter_Sobchak, Sep 08 2014 - 16:52.

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