Decommissioned Czech Tank Adds Slide, Conquers Playground
Make fun not war! When authorities in a small Czech town found themselves stuck with a decommissioned OT-62 APC, they made the best of the beast by cheerfully repainting it and adding a color-coordinated plastic slide.
The retired warrior was one of thousands of OT-62 TOPAS amphibious tracked armored personnel carriers developed jointly by Poland and Czechoslovakia and produced between 1963 and 1972. Now resting in peace at last, this basic variant of the OT-62 TOPAS has retired to the pastoral Benesov District of the Czech Republic's Central Bohemian Region.
While tanks and other armored vehicles now rub rusty shoulders with traditional playground equipment at a surprising number of parks around the world, even in the USA, very few are painted in primary colors and given kid-friendly add-ons such as a plastic slide.
We must assume the extreme makeover was a successful one: the first two images featuring a blue slide date from July 2010 while the second pair, taken in August of 2012, depict a green replacement slide. Tanks kids... you're welcome! (via Military Humor and Massimo Foti)