M35 2½-ton cargo truck

Staff SSgts. Jason Gavin and Adam Wheeler ride on the back of an M35 2.5-ton cargo truck traveling to the firing range, Jan. 14, as part of the Combat Leadership Course here. Gavin is a flight chief from the 81st Security Forces Squadron, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., while Wheeler is a corrections officer at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.

The M35 family of trucks is a long-lived vehicle initially deployed by the United States Army, and subsequently utilized by many nations around the world. A truck in the 2½ ton weight class, it was one of many vehicles in U.S. military service to have been referred to as the "deuce and a half." While the basic M35 cargo truck is rated to carry 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg) off road or 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg) on roads, they have been known to haul twice as much as rated. Trucks in this weight class are considered medium duty by the military and Department of Transportation. The M35 series formed the basis for a wide range of specialized vehicles.

Weight 13,030 lb (5,910 kg) (w/o winch); 13,530 lb (6,140 kg) (w/winch)
Length 277 in (7.0 m)
Width 96 in (2.4 m)
Height 112 in (2.8 m)
Crew 2
Engine OA-331 Continental Gas I-6; LDS-427 Turbo Multifuel I-6; LDS/LDT-465 Multifuel I-6; Caterpillar 3116 Diesel I-6
127 to 170 hp (95 to 130 kW)
400–500 mi (640–800 km)
Speed 55 mph (89 km/h)


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