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That powerful machine above is probably the largest sedan ever made - it is the first Soviet purpose-built airplane tractor, MAZ-541. Powered by a 38.88 liters, 12-cylinder 300hp D-12A diesel engine (a variation of V-2, heart of mighty T-34 tank) - and was able to tow up to 85 tons (notice that IL-62 on the picture above weighs more then 100 tons). Production started in 1956. Sadly, only 13 (some sources claim only 3) of them were built, but they still served in 1970's. I think it is one of the most impressive Soviet (and not only Soviet) trucks of mid-50's, when the Diesel Era has come to an end in aviation and almost ended in automotive industry.

 

Изображение из фотоальбомов E1.ru

MAZ-541 and Tupolev Tu-134

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv7SxuJXk1c&feature=player_embedded

First soviet airplane carrier towing first soviet supersonic passenger airliner (1:00)

 

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Comment by Павел Скрыльников on March 5, 2011 at 1:24pm
I think, the real great-grandfather of Hummer is M1 scout car.
Comment by Larry on March 4, 2011 at 7:27pm
Great comment, Pilsner. :)
Comment by William on March 4, 2011 at 10:35am
and its 4 times more amazing ^.^
Comment by Павел Скрыльников on March 4, 2011 at 10:29am
Pilsner, MAZ is four times bigger and heavier than Hummer ;)
Comment by William on March 4, 2011 at 9:32am
this is my dream truck ^.^ i love the design and diesel engine
pilsner your comment made me laugh XD
Comment by Pilsner Panther on March 4, 2011 at 6:00am
Looks kind of like the great-grandfather of the Hummer. Only, it probably got better gas mileage.
Comment by Larry on March 3, 2011 at 8:00pm
Excellent!
Comment by lord_k on March 3, 2011 at 12:08pm
My pleasure, Pavel.
Comment by Павел Скрыльников on March 3, 2011 at 9:49am

I felt that something was wrong about "airplane carrier", but i used information from this page.

Thanks for editing, lord_k!

Comment by lord_k on March 3, 2011 at 1:51am
A hell of a monster, but it's not an airplane carrier (i. e. авианосец), only an airplane tractor (i. e. авиационный тягач).

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