Most of the crew of this LVTP7 is visible: the driver is in the left front sponson, the troop commander is sitting behind him, and the vehicle commander is standing in his weapon station. The cargo hatch covers are open, allowing the Marines inside to enjoy the view and relatively fresh air. The troop commander's M17C periscope, visible just in front of his vision cupola, allowed him to see over the driver's cupola while buttoned up. The port water jet deflector is visible above the idler wheel. On the top of the vehicle's nose is the engine's air inlet grille. (Picture taken 28 Apr 1982 by SSgt. Parker; available from the Defense Visual Information Center.)
These AAVP7A1s are fitted with the Cadillac Gage weapon system mounting both the .50cal M2HB machine gun and the 40mm Mk. 19 grenade launcher, and smoke grenade launchers are also mounted on the weapon station. Another external difference is that the headlight cluster housings are square instead of the earlier round types. (Picture taken 1 Jan 1992; available from the Defense Visual Information Center.)
The rear of a vehicle hulk is shown here. The personnel door in the rear ramp is open, and towing bars are attached to the towing eyes under the ramp. The stern vision block can be seen in the ramp under the numbers 3 and 4, and below this are two brackets for tow cable stowage, though the cable itself is missing. The left-side taillight-stop light is also absent, but its mounting point can be seen. The circular water jets on each side of the vehicle are also visible recessed in their deflecor guards.
A detail of the water jet is shown here. A deflector rotated around the jet to steer the vehicle, and the jet itself was normally covered when not in use. The jets were powered by drive shafts connecting them to power transfer assemblies on the transmission's power take-off.
The personnel compartment is shown here, looking in from the open rear ramp personnel door. The roof cargo hatch covers are absent, allowing us to see the size of the roof openings. A shelf for a battery box can be seen to the front right side of the vehicle, and radio equipment would be stowed beside the battery box towards the vehicle's rear. The engine compartment covers are missing, allowing us to see up into the empty engine compartment towards the front of the vehicle. The troop commander's position can be seen to the front left of the personnel compartment.
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