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HOLIDAY HOURS AT THE AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUMJust a reminder, we will be open on Wednesday, Nov. 24th but we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, Nov. 25th. We will be OPEN on Friday, Nov. 26th and open through the weekend (11/27-11/28) - so, if you're looking for an activity for visiting family, please make the AHM a destination!Another reminder that the AHM will be CLOSED to the general public on Saturday, December 4th and will be only open to ticket holders for the WWII Symposium that day. For more details about that event (tickets on sale until Nov 26) at www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/ihi-ahm-symposium-reconsidering-pearl-harbor/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Saturday, December 4th, the American Heritage Museum will host a WWII symposium: Pearl Harbor - Inevitable or Infamy? The P-40 Tomahawk - world's last fully restored and flying fighter that survived the attack on Pearl Harbor - will be the backdrop. This is an exclusive catered event with a stellar line-up of speakers. Deadline for tickets is Friday, November 26th. For tickets and more information see: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/ihi-ahm-symposium-reconsidering-pearl-harbor/ ... See MoreSee Less

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We hope you will join us at the AHM this Friday for a talk by author Dr. Steven Eames on his book Rustic Warriors. Starts at 1:00 PM. Standard museum admission. For more information see: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/speaker-series-rustic-warrior-by-dr-steven-eames/ ... See MoreSee Less

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The American Heritage Museum welcomes our veteran community this coming Thursday, November 11th, in celebration of Veterans Day. Museum admission is free on Veterans Day for all veterans and active duty personnel from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Thursday. Please bring your VA ID card or DoD DD 214/215 for verification. Please join us at 11:00am for a special ceremony in the museum in remembrance of all who have served. Advance purchase of tickets is not necessary, please purchase or verify admission at the front desk. ... See MoreSee Less

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*Special Event:WWII Symposium at AHM - December 4th.Pearl Harbor - Inevitable or Infamy?On December 7th, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor. The assault would plunge the United States into a second world war that ultimately resulted in the deaths of over 418,000 Americans and an unfathomable 70 to 80 million worldwide. Coined by President Roosevelt as the “day of infamy,” the attack on Pearl Harbor and declarations of war on the United States four days later by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy propelled the United States into a war on two sides of the world – the Pacific and European theaters.Now, 80 years later, the attacks on Pearl Harbor still invoke feelings of patriotism and sadness. Our country changed forever after December 7th, 1941. The history that leads to this pivotal moment and its aftermath continues to affect our world’s nations, democracies, and civic order.The American Heritage Museum will host an extraordinary symposium called “Pearl Harbor – Inevitable or Infamy.” During this exclusive day-long discussion we will explore what lead up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the major battles that ensued and its aftermath.This is a special event exclusive to symposium participants. Lunch will be served as well as coffee and refreshments and personal tours through the amazing American Heritage Museum are part of the event. For tickets and more information see: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/ihi-ahm-symposium-reconsidering-pearl-harbor/ ... See MoreSee Less

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M24 Chaffee Light World War II Tank Driving Program at the American Heritage Museum

Drive the Famous Light Tank That Spanned Two Wars

The American Heritage Museum is proud to offer exciting tank driving experiences in the Spring, Summer, and Fall aboard the M24 Chaffee light tank used in World War II and the Korean War. The M24 Chaffee is a fast and maneuverable tank that replaced the M5 Stuart light tank during WWII and brought the harder hitting 75mm M6 cannon to the battlefield.

Tank driving programs on the M24 Chaffee are a donation of $995.00 per driving participant aboard the tank for a one hour training experience that includes ground instruction, startup, driving instruction with our instructor, and YOU drive the M24 Chaffee for 20 minutes on our tank driving grounds at the American Heritage Museum. If you would like to add an additional rider in the turret during your driving experience, please add a $195 donation to your booking.

Watch a Video on the M24 Driving Experience


Book Your M24 Chaffee Tank Driving Experience Today!

Tank driving experiences on the M24 Chaffee are being offered in the mornings of select weekends through the season. Please click the button below for schedules and online booking. We can also accommodate custom tank driving slots during weekdays when available – call us at 978-562-9182 to inquire about weekday driving reservations.


Gift Certificates Available

Looking to give a tank driving experience as a gift? We have presentation gift certificates available for gift giving to the tank enthusiast in your family! Tank Driving Gift Certificates are open ended and allow the recipient to schedule their own driving experience at their convenience. Click here to learn more about and purchase an M24 Chaffee Tank Driving Experience Gift Certificate at this link.

History of the M24 Chaffee

Seeking to replace the aging M3 and M5 Stuart series of light tanks, the U.S. Army Ordnance Department and Cadillac joined forces to create a new light tank. The new T24 pilot vehicle was delivered in October 1943 and full scale production began in 1944 as the Light Tank, M24. The Chaffee retained the M5 Stuart’s twin Cadillac V-8 powertrain, but came armed with a lightened 75mm Cannon adapted from a version used on B-25 Mitchell bombers, replacing the under whelming 37mm used on the Stuart. The Chaffee was speedy and nimble. The M24 saw use in WWII, but found a calling in the cold, mountainous environment of Korea, where it fought as a part of reconnaissance units alongside “Easy Eight” Shermans, M26 Pershings and M46 Pattons. Long after the United States replaced the M24 with newer models such as the M41 Walker-Bulldog, other countries such as Israel and France used the Chaffee well into the 1950s.

SPECIFICATIONS

Armament: 75mm M6 Cannon, one .50 cal. MG and 2x .30 cal. MGs.
Crew: 5, Commander, Gunner, Driver, Loader, Co-Driver
Engine: Cadillac Series 44T24, 220 horsepower.
Range: 100 miles

 

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