The TNCA Salinas was Mexico’s first indigenous tank. The vehicle was influenced in it’s design by the British Mark I and was the brain-child of Alberto Leopoldo Salinas Carranza or possibly Gustavo Salinas, both were Mexican Aviators and the former was the father of the Mexican Air Force. Little information is available on the specifics of the Salinas tank however an educated guess based on the pictures available along with comparisons against contemporary designs suggest that in addition to its main armament and two side mounted machine guns, it had a crew of 6 to 8 and an engine generating 90-100 hp. The prototype and possibly only vehicle was assembled in 1917 at the Talleres Nacionales de Construcciones Aeronauticas (TNCA), located in Balbuena outside Mexico City; the company specialized manufactured a variety of military aircraft, propeller and engines of domestically-design. The vehicle was built for Mexico’s Constitutionalist Army. It is possible the vehicle was used during revolts of the 1920s. The vehicle would eventually end its life as a guard post at the Balbuena Military Air Base before being scrapped with the arrival of imports from the US; specifically those from Marmon Herrington.
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