Digital filmmaker Bart Santello and Psychotropic Films present the first of a series of historical films from corporate archives, produced for both preservation purposes and to bring forward their hidden artistic value.
In August 1965 responding to a U.S. Government ‘Request for Quotation’, the Lycoming Division of the Avco Corporation in Stratford, Connecticut, submitted technical proposal LYP 2150.2 to the U.S. Army Tank
Automotive Center (ATAC) for a high concept 1,500 horsepower gas turbine engine - the PLT25. Ultimately known as the AGT1500, this engine eventually became the main power plant for the U.S. Army’s tank modernization program, culminating in 1979 with initial production of the M1 Abrams Tank.
This 16mm film footage recorded in 1970, shows an early Lycoming prototype of the AGT1500 Gas Turbine Engine operating as proof-of-concept in a slave M-48 tank chassis, in support of the development test program.
Found unedited in an old filing cabinet tagged for disposal, this rare corporate film provides an historical
look into the early engineering effort behind the AGT1500 Gas Turbine Engine designed and manufactured at Avco Lycoming in Stratford, Connecticut.
Production Company: Psychotropic Films LLC
Post Production: Desert Homestead Media Studio, Phoenix & Arivaca, Arizona
Concept, Editing and Sound Design: Bart Santello
Music: A PRODUCE
Psychotropic Films Info: psychotropicfilms.blogspot.com