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The Antarctic Snow Cruiser
Posted by: btfc
Date: May 02, 2020 04:25PM
First time I’ve heard of it. (Probably should STF, I know. smiling smiley )




‘ In 1939, scientists and engineers at Chicago’s Armour Institute of Technology designed and built a massive new vehicle intended for use in Antarctic exploration. The Antarctic Snow Cruiser measured 55 feet long, weighed more than 37 tons fully loaded, and rolled on four smooth 10-foot-tall tires designed to retract and allow part of the vehicle to scoot across crevasses. The Institute loaned the $150,000 machine to the U.S. government for its upcoming Antarctic expedition headed by Rear Admiral Richard Byrd, and had the Snow Cruiser driven from Chicago to Boston (at a top speed of 30 mph) to be loaded on the ship the North Star. The crew managed to deliver the Snow Cruiser to the Antarctic ice, but the design proved faulty, and the vehicle was soon converted to a stationary crew quarters, never to leave Antarctica again. The diesel-electric hybrid powertrain was severely underpowered, and the smooth tires, designed for swampy terrain, offered very little traction, sinking into the snow. More than 75 years later, the world is still unsure where it is—the Antarctic Snow Cruiser could remain buried somewhere under sheets of ice, or it could have broken off with an ice floe, eventually sinking to the bottom of the ocean. ‘



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Re: The Antarctic Snow Cruiser
Posted by: jdc
Date: May 02, 2020 05:08PM
Cussler used something like it in one of his books

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I have always enjoyed his books -- but none of them wrtten as a "co author" or the ones written by his son. meh.



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Re: The Antarctic Snow Cruiser
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 02, 2020 05:47PM
I was going to bring up the Cussler angle.



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Re: The Antarctic Snow Cruiser
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: May 02, 2020 07:22PM
Cool story! Thanks for sharing.



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Re: The Antarctic Snow Cruiser
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: May 02, 2020 07:28PM
LARC
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Re: The Antarctic Snow Cruiser
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: May 02, 2020 11:56PM
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Re: The Antarctic Snow Cruiser
Posted by: BernDog
Date: May 03, 2020 07:19AM
Should have installed FloeJack
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Re: The Antarctic Snow Cruiser
Posted by: btfc
Date: May 03, 2020 09:04PM
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Interesting video!
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