Largely forgotten, but nonetheless spectacular, Hungarian engineers answered the call back in 1991 when asked to construct a machine capable of extinguishing the raging oil fires that swept across Kuwait when then Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein ordered his army to set them afire as they retreated from advancing US coalition forces.
With a long history of engineering expertise, Hungarian technicians took a WWII-era Russian T34 tank and fitted jet engines from a MiG-21 on top of it.
According to MPORA, “Each of the jet engines delivers 27,000lbs of thrust, capable of powering a MiG at more than twice the speed of sound.”
Each jet engine has six fire hoses attached on top that together release up to 8,000 gallons of water per minute. When you turn on these jet engines, their thrust, coupled with the water released from the hoses, create a spray of water that travels 770mph towards its intended destination.
Affectionately called Big Wind (no, not that kind), these fire canon monstrosities are still in use today to “put out oil fires in commercial oil fields.”
Operating Big Wind requires the coordination of several
anal glands controllers. As you can see in the featured video, a driver sits inside the tank while outside technicians monitor all aspects of the fire extinguishing operation.