Author Topic: M274 -ton 44 Utility Platform Truck - AKA "Mechanical Mule"  (Read 391 times)

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M274 -ton 44 Utility Platform Truck - AKA "Mechanical Mule"
« on: March 18, 2023, 05:56:00 AM »
My infatuation with this vehicle started at a very early age thanks to the old U.S. Army propaganda series on television that I used to enjoy watching as a young kit while living in Panama back in the early sixties.  I always thought the concept of such a versatile vehicle was a great idea that the Army managed to acquire and put to good use in helping the infantry move around while carrying the heavier loads and keeping everything "mobile" or so I thought.  In later years and having discussions with people that used to operate these marvelous little vehicles I learned that they were a real maintenance nightmare and not something that could be relied upon to get your stuff from point A to point B.  That being said, I still like the vehicle and the idea behind what it was supposed to do in helping the soldier carry the heavy things. 


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Re: M274 -ton 44 Utility Platform Truck - AKA "Mechanical Mule"
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2023, 01:22:20 AM »
More than a few kits out there too...and in multiple scales:

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Re: M274 -ton 44 Utility Platform Truck - AKA "Mechanical Mule"
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2023, 01:22:43 AM »
Or you can buy an example of the real thing:  https://www.allsurplus.com/asset/74/17141
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Re: M274 -ton 44 Utility Platform Truck - AKA "Mechanical Mule"
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2023, 12:08:59 PM »
I understand that when first adopted they used to drop them from aircraft with their crews strapped into their seats.  That practice discontinued after the first few overturned on landing.

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Re: M274 -ton 44 Utility Platform Truck - AKA "Mechanical Mule"
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2023, 01:17:47 AM »
I understand that when first adopted they used to drop them from aircraft with their crews strapped into their seats.  That practice discontinued after the first few overturned on landing.

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Re: M274 -ton 44 Utility Platform Truck - AKA "Mechanical Mule"
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2023, 03:56:56 AM »
Or you can buy an example of the real thing:  https://www.allsurplus.com/asset/74/17141

And it sold for $5,000! Not for me.

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Re: M274 -ton 44 Utility Platform Truck - AKA "Mechanical Mule"
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2023, 06:59:47 AM »
Whoa!  :icon_surprised: Neat!



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