The M1 main battle tank was named for General Creighton W. Abrams an outstanding Armored Force Commander during World War II. This particular vehicle was nicknamed "Thunderbolt" after the tank Gen. Abrams commanded in World War II. This M1 was used for various tests here at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). In 1986, thanks to Gen. W.E. Potts, LTC Stanley and MAJ. J.P. Murray were instrumenal in returning Thunderbolt to APG upon its retirement. This M1 is one of the first models off the production line in 1980.
Weight: (combat load) 120,000 lbs.
Primary Armament: 105mm, M68A1
Max .Speed (road governed) 45 MPH
The restoration of this vehicle took approximately 3 weeks costing between 30 and 40 thousand dollars. This vehicle will remain on display outside until the museum receives funding to provide a storage facility large enough to preserve it and the other pieces displayed here.