University of Texas at Austin

Norman Bel Geddes (American, 1893-1958)
Streamlined tank
June 19, 1940
Pencil, pen, and ink on paper

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Job 244, Streamlined Tank, 1940

Summary: The objective in streamlining an armored tank was to reduce “the penetrating force of attacking projectiles,” but it would have been impossible to shape armor-weight steel plates to these curvatures. This project stands as one of Bel Geddes's more impractical applications of streamline principles.

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Box/Location Folder Description
box 12 244.1 45 Preliminary sketches (some w/ms. notes) Jun1940. 6 Blueprints of sketches. 1 clipping, 2 sketches of existing tanks.