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About a week ago, the U.S. Navy Thunderbirds and the U.S. Air Force Blue Angels flew over the Washington DC area in a salute to all Americans on the frontline of our war against the COVID-19 virus. My wife and I traveled to a high point of ground, selected a spot that was more than 6 feet from anybody else and settled in for the flyover. It was a great sunny April day here in DC. We noticed people of all ages trickling onto this patch of ground. Soon three Fairfax County Police Officers were joining everybody too. We could hear the chatter amongst the spectators; all were … Continue reading
This years Tank Farm Open House was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23 in Nokesville, VA. Due to rain overnight on Saturday and all day Sunday, the second day of the event had to be canceled. Despite the challenges imposed by significant rain in the weeks prior, Saturday was a huge success with thousands of people making their way through the gate. Tanks and military vehicles where, as usual, the featured attraction, but by no means the only one. The vehicles displays were enhanced by several groups of reenactors who set up their camps at various locations around the farm. The Marine Corps Historical Society conducted demonstrations to include … Continue reading
As another year comes to a close, I wanted to thank all the volunteers that have made it possible for us to put on another open house. It is their tireless dedication to the collection, museum and all those who have served and continue to serve that make it possible to bring NMAW to the public. As the operations manager of Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles I have the honor to work alongside this dedicated group of people on a daily basis and have the utmost respect for their dedication and positive attitude. We have now winterized the collection and have moved all our work inside the shops for the … Continue reading
WHAM!!! WHAM!!! A Perspective on being a Sherman Tank Gunner at the Americans in Wartime Museum Open House I recently had the honor and privilege to serve as the Gunner on our M4A1 Sherman Tank during the 2016 Open House. The experience was so incredible I thought I would share the sights and sounds of what it was like. Preparation started well before the Open House. We carefully carried the un-charged (but primed) rounds out to the Sherman to make sure each would fit into the cannon’s breech. Museum staff then made arrangements to have blank 75mm rounds charged with powder under controlled conditions. After the powder was carefully measured … Continue reading
Here are some pictures of our M10 Ammunition Trailer, before and after. We have been working on it for the last couple of months and just completed it, the cover is NOS and makes it look as original. The M10 trailer weighs about 2000 lbs and loaded can weigh about 5000 lbs. it would have been towed behind a M7, M10, CCKW and other vehicles. Remember this and other restored vehicles can be seen at open house on September 24 & 25. John S.
Here is a short update on the M-1917, it is getting close. Working on the tracks should be sandblasted this coming week, primed and painted. Lot of small pieces that Marc is fabricating. Photos by: John S.
The museum’s M 1917 light tank is coming together and we hope to complete it in the near future. Its progress has been slow due to the difficulty in finding and fabricating parts that are missing or beyond repair. We will continue to post updates of its progress and we plan on having it out for our annual open house on Sept. 24,25.
Why I Volunteer at the Americans In Wartime Museum. Hello, My name is Michael and I am a volunteer at the Americans in Wartime Museum. As we approach the hallowed Memorial Day Holiday, I thought I would take a moment to tell you why I volunteer at the museum. The obvious answer is “Michael, it’s because you get to play with all those wonderful toys!” Well yes, that is a reason. But it is far more than that. So stick with me here. It is about family. When I host tours during Open House, one of my fondest memories was a father bringing his 7yr old son. A call … Continue reading