Wright Museum - White M2 Halftrack
Bill Maloney

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01 White M2 Halftrack 02 M2 Halftrack Engine 03 White M2 Halftrack Interior 04 Browning M2 50 Caliber Machine Gun
05BrowningM1917A130CalMachineGun 06WhiteM2HalftrackTracks 07WhiteM2Halftrack 08M2HalftrackWinch
05 Browning M1917A1 30Cal Machine Gun 06 White M2 Halftrack Tracks 07 White M2 Halftrack 08 M2 Halftrack Winch
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09 White M2 Halftrack 10 White M2 Halftrack 11 White M2 Halftrack Interior 12 White M2 Halftrack Interior
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13 M2 Halftrack Idler Sprocket 14 M2 Halftrack Bogie Wheels 15 M2 Halftrack Drive Sprocket 16 Browning M1917A1 30Cal Machine Gun

M2 Halftrack Specifications:

M2 and M3 White Halftracks at other Military Museums in the northeast
White M3 Halftrack M2 Halftrack
Another M3 Halftrack can be found at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. That example has been nicely restored. A White M2 Halftrack at the Military Museum of Southern New England in Danbury, CT
M3 Halftrack M16 Multiple Gun Carriage Halftrack
An M3 Halftrack at the American Armored Foundation Museum in Danville, VA Another M3 Halftrack can be found at the US Army Ordnance Museum in Aberdeen, MD
White M3 Halftrack M2 Halftrack
White M3 Halftrack at the Patton Museum in Fort Knox, KY An M16 Multiple Gun Carriage Halftrack at the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro, NH
M3A1 Halftrack M3 Halftrack
M3A1 Halftrack at the Maginot Line Museum in Veckring, France M3 Halftrack at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburgh, PA

Length: 19 feet 7 inches
7 feet, 3 inches
7 feet, 5 inches
Up to 9
10 Tons
Max Speed: 40mph
Range: 175 miles
Armor: .25 inch
Powerplant: White 160 AX inline 6cyl water cooled gas engine 147hp
Fuel Capacity: 60 gallons
 One 50cal Browning M2 Machine Gun and one Browning M1917A1 30 Caliber Water Cooled Machine Gun
Entered Service: 1941
Unit Cost: $35,000

If you look closely at the overhead views, you will see a ring that runs around the inner perimeter of the halftrack's crew compartment. This ring allows the machine guns to be moved around the body and positioned anywere along the outer hull of the M2 Halftrack.

The White M2 Halftrack is the early version of the US Halftrack. You can distinguish the M2 from the M3 halftrack by looking at the back of the hull, and following the back vertically down to where it meets the tracks. On the M2 Halftrack the line just touches the edge of the track riding the rear idler wheel. On the M3 the back of the hull is about 10 inches aft of the idler wheel.

Here's a You Tube video of an M2 Halftrack on the go running through a muddy puddle. . These things can really scoot. Another M2 Halftrack video this time on pavement, and part 2 of the same halftrack video sequence

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