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AEC Militant Mk III (Nellie)


The powerful 21 tonne AEC Militant truck entered service in the late 1960s as a replacement for the Scammell Explorer. It is capable of recovery work up to and including 10 tonne class vehicles. Having a hydraulic powered crane with 240 degrees of slew, the AEC has a job length from 3.124 metres to 5.664 metres with a lift radius of 2.8 tonnes with outriggers deployed.

It has a 6-cylinder, 11.3 litre overhead valve diesel engine producing 144 hp and has a top speed of 43 mph.

This formidable capability came in very handy when Nellie was called on to move the British Airliner Collection Trident 2E into the IWM Duxford Conservation Hall for a repaint. 

Why Nellie? The Military Vehicle Wing acquired her from a circus where she was used for lifting the elephant. The truck was complete but not working well. After full restoration and painting out the lively circus livery she’s now our workshop workhorse and helps on-site partners with propeller changes and other operations where some serious muscle is needed.

Datafile: AEC Militant Mk III (Nellie)

Owner:Military Vehicle Wing
Purpose:Multi-purpose support vehicle
Armament:Various possible options.
Powerplant:AV760 diesel of 12.5 litres, developing 169 kW (226hp)
Width:2.5 metres (8 ft 2in)
Length:8.2 metres (27 ft 0in)
Height:3.1 metres (10 ft 4in)
Empty weight:20,956 Kg (21.0 tonnes, 46,200 lb)
Maximum speed:69 km/h (43 mph)
Range:0 km (0 miles)
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