More Major Artifacts Added As National Army Museum Takes Shape
North American Precis Syndicate
One of the iconic Hueys flown in the Vietnam War is prepared for installation in the National Museum of the United States Army. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Two historic helicopters, a WWI-era Liberty Truck, and an
anti-aircraft weapon were the latest macro artifacts installed in the
National Museum of the United States Army now under construction at Fort Belvoir, Va.
Crews recently hoisted into place one of the iconic “Huey”
helicopters made famous during the Vietnam War.The
massive, four-ton aircraft flown by the 129th Aviation Company, 10th
Combat Aviation Battalion now hangs above the Museum’s Cold War
Also installed was an R-4B helicopter, more commonly known as “The
Sikorsky,” in the Army and Society Gallery. The Sikorsky was the world’s
first mass-produced helicopter and used in World War II. Sikorsky helicopters
made history in 1944 conducting the first combat rescue mission in the China-Burma-India
Theater and the first helicopter mercy mission when it transported blood
plasma to sailors who survived the sinking of the USS Turner.
In April, a World War I Liberty Truck and World War II Bofors
Gun were placed into position. The Liberty Truck, also in the Army and
Society Gallery, was the first truck specifically developed for military use.
Experts say this truck was restored to near-original condition.
The scene displaying the Bofors Gun, a naval and
land anti-aircraft weapon adopted by the U.S. Army in 1941, will depict
African-American Soldiers of the 466th Anti-aircraft Artillery
(AW) Battalion preparing to fire on Japanese aircraft attacking an Army
airfield in New Guinea.
The Museum will open next year at Fort Belvoir,
Va. and construction of the building is largely funded by individual
donations made through The Army Historical Foundation. The Foundation also
raises funds through the Army Brick Program and Unit Tributes, which allow
individuals and Army Units to order personalized bricks and plaques that will
line the Museum’s outdoor pathways. These permanent recognitions can be
ordered through the Foundation’s website, armyhistory.org.
“The National Army Museum will
offer you and your family an exciting and fascinating
look into military history. Construction is being funded through individual
donations through The Army Historical Foundation. http://bit.ly/308isdg”
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