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The White M3 Scout Car is an American-built, open top, lightly armored reconnaissance vehicle used throughout WWII. The example in the American Heritage Museum's "Italian Campaign" Gallery is the first military vehicle ever restored by collector Jacques Littlefield. The museum is open 10am-5pm Wed-Sun each week. Visit information at www.americanheritagemuseum.org/plan-your-visit/hours-admission/ ... See MoreSee Less

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With only 254 built, the M4A3E2 Sherman "Jumbo" Assault tank is one of the rarest variants of the iconic design. With added armor thickness on all surfaces and a 75mm cannon, the Jumbo could bear the brunt of enemy fire more than the standard Sherman. See our M4A3E2 in the "Battle of the Bulge" Gallery - the American Heritage Museum is open 10am-5pm Wednesday-Sunday each week. Visit information at: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/plan-your-visit/hours-admission/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Hello all good people! We are hoping to add a couple more WWII veterans to the round-table discussion during our WWII re-enactment - October 8th and 9th. If you know of a veteran who would like to attend please email Hunter at: hchaney@collingsfoundation.org ... See MoreSee Less

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The Synchronization GearLast weekend, a young visitor from New Jersey had his first close up view of a genuine WWI airplane. The Nieuport 28 - America's first fighter plane - had been assembled on the Museum's floor the previous weekend in preparation for our WWI Aviation Weekend on September 17-18. When the observant lad noticed the position of the Nieuport's machine gun, he asked a nearby docent "How could the pilot fire that gun without hitting his propeller?" It was a great question.Aerial warfare was by no means a First World War invention. Balloons had already been used for observation and propaganda distribution during the Napoleonic wars and the Franco-Prussian conflict of 1870-1871. Planes had been used for bombardment missions during the Italo-Turkish War of 1911-1912. WWI was the first conflict during which aircraft were involved on a large scale and played a significant role.At the beginning of the war, the usefulness of air machines was met with a certain amount of skepticism by senior officers on all sides. During the first year of the war, the combatants used airplanes solely for reconnaissance purposes. Planes were unarmed and without protection for the pilots. If a pilot intercepted an enemy plane, duels would be limited to a few shots exchanged with pistols while they were flying. It was not long before it was decided to use airplanes as an offensive tool with the intent to bomb the enemy lines and to destroy enemy air forces. An arms race commenced, quickly leading to increasingly agile planes equipped with machine guns. Mounting the machine guns directly behind the frontal propeller would have allowed the pilot to aim and adjust the attitude at the same time, maximizing the probability of hitting the target. However, the problem arose of having to synchronize the fire of the weapon to the motion of the propeller. This problem was solved in 1915 by Anthony Fokker, a Dutch aircraft manufacturer working for the Germans. Fokker's interrupter or synchronization gear - an improvement on an earlier French design - allowed the machine gun to be mounted behind the propeller, allowing the pilot to fire straight ahead without damaging the propeller.The success of Fokker's interrupter gear led to numerous gun synchronization devices, the most reliable of which was the hydraulic British Constantinesco gear introduced in 1917. By the end of the war German engineers were close to perfecting a gear that used an electrical rather than a hydraulic or mechanical link between the engine and the gun. This weekend is your chance to see the Nieuport 28 up close during our WWI Aviation Weekend. If conditions are right we will fly. If not, we will perform ground runs. For more information see: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/world-war-i-aviation-weekend-september-2022/(Pictures: Interrupter Gear Diagram 1915. Dutch Inventor Anthony Fokker. Nieuport 28. Nieuport 28 Cockpit) ... See MoreSee Less

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Tank Demonstration Weekend

August 13 @ 9:00 am - August 14 @ 5:00 pm

$15 – $25
Tank Demonstration Weekend at the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, MA

Our summer tank demonstration weekend is where you can see some of the American Heritage Museum’s tanks including the M4 Sherman, M24 Chaffee, M26 Pershing, M18 Hellcat, German Jagdpanzer 38 Hetzer  and other privately owned military vehicles operating on our tank driving grounds behind the museum. Captivating historical narration will bring these amazing machines to life. WWII veterans will be participating in the exhibition!

Gates open at 9:00am and close at 5:00pm each day. Tank driving demonstrations are ongoing through the entire day with at least 1-2 or more tanks driving on the operations grounds throughout the day. Some WWII re-enactor camps with displays will be set up.

All three museums will be open: The American Heritage Museum, The Historic Aviation Hangar and Classic Automobile Barn. This is a unique opportunity to see some of the world’s most rare aircraft, extraordinary American classic automobiles, historic tanks, armored vehicles, military artifacts and much more.

There is over 100,000 square feet of space within the American Heritage Museum and Hangar combined.

Picnics are allowed.

Advance Sale and Event Day Admission Tickets

Admission for the Saturday and Sunday events are as follows:
$25 Adults  |  $20 Seniors/Veterans  |  $15 Children 3 to 12 years old
Members, WWII/Korean War Veterans and Children Under 3 are Free – No ticket required.
Admission discounts can not be used for special event weekends.

Purchase Tickets Online:

Click here to Buy Tickets for Saturday, August 13, 2022

Click here to Buy Tickets for Sunday, August 14, 2022

Tickets may also be purchased the day of the event by Credit Card or Cash at the entry gate on the access road as well.

Admission for AHM / CF Members

This is a Members Free Event Weekend:  one (1) free admission per day for Individual and Participating Members, two (2) free admissions per day for Dual Members, and two (2) adult and two (2) child free admissions per day for Family Members. No advance ticket purchase required, just bring your VALID membership card or recent membership receipt to the entry gate for proof. You may buy tickets online or at the gate for any additional people in your party.

Tank Driving Experiences and Tank Rides Available

Tank Driving experiences and Tank Rides will be taking place over the weekend. You can register online, by phone, or on-site, but spaces are limited!

Tank Driving Experience Prices:

M24 Chaffee Light Tank (20 minutes driving the tank) – $995.00 donation (tax deductible)

M4 Sherman Medium Tank (20 minutes driving the tank) – $1495.00 donation (tax deductible)

Tank Ride Experience Prices:

M24 Chaffee (10 minute ride) – $595 per group of Three (3) persons – two in the turret, one in the bow gunner position.

M4 Sherman (10 minute ride) – $595 per group of Two (2) persons – one in the turret, one in the bow gunner position.

Schedule your tank  driving or ride experience above or call 978-562-9182 to reserve.

With support from:
https://www.visitma.com/

Details

Start:
August 13 @ 9:00 am
End:
August 14 @ 5:00 pm
Cost:
$15 – $25
Event Categories:
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Organizer

American Heritage Museum
Phone:
978-562-9182
Email:
ahm@collingsfoundation.org
Website:
www.AmericanHeritageMuseum.org

Venue

American Heritage Museum
568 Main Street
Hudson, MA 01749 United States
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Phone:
9785629182
Website:
http://www.americanheritagemuseum.org
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MUSEUM CLOSING AT 3:00PM TODAY (Sat. June 4th)

The American Heritage Museum will be closing early at 3:00pm today, Saturday, June 4th, for a private event. The museum will be open normal hours (10am to 5pm) on Sunday, June 5th.