Friday, January 27, 2017

Cool Vehicles: US Army

You might not think of the US Army when you think about cool car museums, but up at Fort Eustis Virginia (or Joint Base Langley-Eustis), they have a cool museum that salutes the Army Transportation Corps. Its chock full of not  just cars, trucks, and jeeps, but helicopters, trains, oddball flying machines, and good general history of the US Army, from the mule to the modern vehicles like the MRAP. That only makes sense when you think about it, because other than the Revolutionary, 1812, Civil War, and a few others, our Army has had to play most of it's game out of town, so transportation to get there and get things done becomes critical to winning the ball game!

Here's a sample of what's in the museum, you can visit them for free anytime you're in the area. The base is conveniently located near Yorktown, Williamsburg, Langley, and not far from Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Just get yourself to Richmond VA and go east a bit! If you hit the ocean, you've gone too far!

I couldn't resist a photo of this Chevy on base. Not sure about those tail lights!

WWII era Plymouth

Classic WWII posters


Even the Union Pacific did their part

WWII era poster

WWII Jeeps were built by Willys and Ford

WWII Europe setting: Red Ball Express

WWII in Europe

DUCK, see next photo for description

Built in 1942 with 91.5 horsepower!

Korean War era helicopter: a la M.A.S.H.

Dodge 3/4 ton 4x4 from WWII

Check out the Weasel, built by Studebaker!

M29 Weasel: I had never seen one of these before!

Mule description, and in the next photo

Variations of the Mule built from 1956-1970

HMMWV or Humvee or Hummer
Just for fun, let's all say "high-mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicle" 

More modern HMMWV


MRAP: Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected

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