The Story of the 1956 Mack Trucks Arctic Expedition to Build the DEW Line

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  • The Story of the 1956 Mack Trucks Arctic Expedition to Build the DEW Line
  • The Story of the 1956 Mack Trucks Arctic Expedition to Build the DEW Line
  • The Story of the 1956 Mack Trucks Arctic Expedition to Build the DEW Line
    Amid nuclear tensions with Russia
  • The Story of the 1956 Mack Trucks Arctic Expedition to Build the DEW Line
    The distant early warning line was born Arctic, but how this 63-radar array came to be is a story of sheer motivation.
  • The Story of the 1956 Mack Trucks Arctic Expedition to Build the DEW Line
    It all started with the LeTourneau VC-22 Sno-Frighter, a 24-wheel-drive monster that hauled 500 tons of equipment to the DEW line.
  • The Story of the 1956 Mack Trucks Arctic Expedition to Build the DEW Line
    It did its job well, but the guys behind the expedition needed something bigger.
  • The Story of the 1956 Mack Trucks Arctic Expedition to Build the DEW Line
    And that’s where the bulldog convoy came into play.
  • The Story of the 1956 Mack Trucks Arctic Expedition to Build the DEW Line
    The bulldog convoy consisted of 11 LRVSW trucks that were powered by 28-liter Cummins V-12 diesel engines.
  • The Story of the 1956 Mack Trucks Arctic Expedition to Build the DEW Line
    Each one put down 600 horsepower and 1,600 pound-feet of torque.
  • The Story of the 1956 Mack Trucks Arctic Expedition to Build the DEW Line
    Features included a Mack two—lever Duplex trans, a Mack Planidrive axle bogie, and differential power dividers.
  • The Story of the 1956 Mack Trucks Arctic Expedition to Build the DEW Line
    Each truck pulled a 65-foot long trailer with 333,000 LBS or about 165 ton of cargo
  • The Story of the 1956 Mack Trucks Arctic Expedition to Build the DEW Line
    In the end, the expedition was a success and the dew line was built
  • The Story of the 1956 Mack Trucks Arctic Expedition to Build the DEW Line
    What happened to most of the trucks, however, remains a mystery, as history only tells us that two were sold to a coal mine in Alaska while the rest mysteriously vanished.
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