M42A1 Duster

M42A1 Duster

TypeSelf-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun
PhotographVladimir Yakubov
LocateMotts Military Museum
DescriptionAlbum of 152 photos walk-around of a «M42A1 Duster»

Photo gallery of a M42A1 Duster, The M42 40 mm Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun, or “Duster,” is an American armored light air-defense gun built for the United States Army from 1952 until December 1959, in service until 1988. Production of this vehicle was performed by the tank division of the General Motors Corporation. It used components from the M41 light tank and was constructed of all-welded steel.

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RoleSelf-propelled anti-aircraft gun
Operational range160km
M42A1 Duster Walk Around
PhotographerBill Maloney
LocalisationPennsylvania Military Museum

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The M42A1 Duster was a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun developed by the United States Army in the 1950s. It was based on the chassis of the M41 Walker Bulldog light tank and armed with two 40 mm Bofors guns mounted in an open-topped turret. The M42A1 was designed to provide air defense for ground forces against low-flying aircraft and helicopters. It was also capable of engaging ground targets with its high-explosive shells.
The M42A1 entered service in 1953 and saw combat in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. It was effective against enemy aircraft in Korea, but faced more challenges in Vietnam, where the terrain and weather limited its visibility and mobility. The M42A1 also suffered from a lack of armor protection and a high silhouette that made it vulnerable to enemy fire. Despite these drawbacks, the M42A1 proved to be a valuable asset for supporting infantry and artillery units with its rapid-fire guns.
The M42A1 was gradually replaced by more advanced air defense systems in the 1960s and 1970s, such as the M163 Vulcan and the MIM-72 Chaparral. The last M42A1 units were retired from the US Army in 1988. Some M42A1s were exported to other countries, such as Taiwan, South Korea, and Thailand, where they remained in service until the 1990s. The M42A1 is now a rare and collectible vehicle among military enthusiasts and historians.

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