Tuesday, October 30, 2007

HMMWVs

High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle. Humvees.

We picked these up at the AM General plant in Mishawaka, Indiana and hauled them to Fort Irwin, CA. They had HUNDREDS of these vehicles scattered around the facility, painted in both the desert sand color and the army greem camoflauge color.

They weigh 6 tons (12,000 pounds) each, are plated with 2" steel, have 3" glass in the windows, run on eight-cylinder diesel engines, are equipped with air conditioning inside (a new feature) and boast a fire suppression system that releases at the touch of a button, the same stuff they put in fire extinguishers, just in case there is a fire inside the vehicle. They have a cool turret on top and Ed said they can drop them from helicopters with parachutes attached so they can hit the ground running. Pretty amazing.

Everywhere we went along our two thousand mile route, people stopped and stared.
We had one guy who pulled up next to us and was taking pictures. And this was even before he saw the total cuteness of me staring out the teeny window:




3 comments:

Anonymous said...

...you are the most gorgeous truck driver I've ever seen...fascinating info about the hummers too...MAE

Sauntering Soul said...

I love that last photo! Too cute you are.

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