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The FM-2 Wildcat now has wings!! Amazing job by the Air Zoo restoration team - we can’t wait to see it on display here at the American Heritage Museum in July! ... See MoreSee Less
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Great aviator Dick Rutan has passed away - Lt. Col. (Ret.) Richard Glenn Rutan flew west on Friday, May 3, 2024 at 7:08 PM PDT The last time Dick Rutan flew towards the western horizon was on December 14, 1986 when he and copilot Jeana Yeager set the last great aviation record by flying around the world, nonstop and unrefueled, in nine days, three minutes and 44 seconds in an aircraft called 'Voyager,' designed by his younger brother, legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan.A highly decorated Vietnam veteran, Dick Rutan flew 325 combat missions and was awarded the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with three silver oak leaf clusters, the Collier Trophy and was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross – twice. During his time in the skies over Vietnam, Dick was a member of an elite group of Fast Forward Air Controllers, often loitering over enemy anti-aircraft positions for six hours or more in a single sortie. These extremely hazardous missions had the call sign 'Misty'; Dick Rutan was, and will forever be, Misty Four-Zero. He spent his last day in the company of friends and family, including his brother, Burt, and passed away peacefully at Kootenai Health Hospital in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, in the company of his loving wife of 25 years, Kris Rutan. He is survived by daughters Holly Hogan and Jill Hoffman, and his four grandchildren, Jack, Sean, Noelle, and Haley.For more information about his incredible flight around the world see: nationalaviation.org/most-incredible-flight-ever-rutan-model-76-voyager/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day - The Holocaust stands as one of the darkest chapters in human history, and it is crucial to remember this atrocity for several compelling reasons. First and foremost, the Holocaust serves as a stark reminder of the extreme consequences of hatred, discrimination, and prejudice. The systematic genocide orchestrated by the Nazi regime resulted in the mass murder of six million Jews, along with millions of others who were targeted based on their ethnicity, political beliefs, disabilities, and sexual orientation. By remembering the Holocaust, we are reminded of the devastating impact of unchecked bigotry and intolerance, compelling us to actively work towards a world that embraces diversity and promotes inclusivity.It is crucial to remember and understand this horrific event so to prevent its repetition. Historical artifacts play a vital role in educating people about the Holocaust, and among them, this Deutsche Reichsbahn rail car holds profound significance in offering insights into this tragic period. By preserving this artifact and examining the rail car's historical importance, we can gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and its lasting impact on humanity.During World War II, Nazi Germany's national railway system, the Deutsche Reichsbahn, played a critical role in orchestrating the Holocaust. What was once a mere utilitarian means of transportation became a haunting symbol of suffering. Transformed into vessels of misery, these rail cars carried millions of innocent victims to a horrible destination from which many would never return. A logistical transportation infrastructure that enabled the state-sponsored persecution, mass deportation, and murder of millions by Nazi Germany.At the American Heritage Museum, the display of this original WWII cattle car acts as a powerful symbol, connecting visitors to the reality of the Holocaust as inflicted by Nazi Germany and other Axis collaborators. Standing in front of this relic, one can imagine the unimaginable: the cramped conditions endured for days, the fear, the uncertainty, and the sheer terror that innocent men, women, and children endured as they were transported to their tragic fate. It is a tangible representation of the suffering and dehumanization inflicted upon millions, allowing visitors to establish a personal and emotional connection with the victims. The international community must remain vigilant against the rise of extremism and totalitarian ideologies that threaten the fundamental rights and dignity of individuals. Education about the Holocaust and the tools used to execute this genocide serves as a powerful tool to cultivate empathy, tolerance, and understanding, fostering a global consciousness that rejects discrimination and upholds the principles of justice and equality.For more information see: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/exhibits/world-war-ii/holocaust-liberation/encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/introduction-to-the-holocaust ... See MoreSee Less
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Couple more shots of the M24 Chaffee maintenance and restoration. Will be ready to go for the WWII Tank Demonstration weekend on May 25th and 26th. For more information regarding this M24 tank see: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/tank-driving-experiences-and-tank-rides/m24-chaffee-wwii-tank-driv... ... See MoreSee Less
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Give the Gift of TANKS with a Tank Driving Experience or Tank Ride Program Gift Certificate!

Give the gift of TANKS with the American Heritage Museum! Our tank driving experiences and tank rides make an amazing gift for the history enthusiast in your life while helping to support the restorations and growth of the American Heritage Museum featuring the Jacques M. Littlefield Collection of Tanks and Military Vehicles.

When you order a Gift Certificate of the driving and riding experiences below, you’ll be sent a presentation certificate and booking instructions for scheduling your experience. We will be offering driving and riding experiences most weekends through the Summer and Fall, so there is plenty of time to enjoy these awesome experiences!

Choose Your Gift Certificate Below

M4 Sherman Medium World War II Tank Driving Program at the American Heritage Museum
TANK DRIVING TRAINING
GIFT CERTIFICATE
M4 Sherman
World War II Medium Tank

$1,495.00 per person (tax-deductible)
60-Minute Program with 20-Minutes of
YOU Driving the M4 Sherman!
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and Purchase Certificate

M24 Chaffee Light World War II Tank Driving Program at the American Heritage Museum
TANK DRIVING TRAINING
GIFT CERTIFICATE
M24 Chaffee
World War II Medium Tank

$995.00 per person (tax-deductible)
60-Minute Program with 20-Minutes of
YOU Driving the M24 Chaffee!
Click Here to Learn More
and Purchase Certificate

M4 Sherman Medium World War II Tank Ride Program at the American Heritage Museum
TANK RIDE
GIFT CERTIFICATE
M4 Sherman
World War II Medium Tank

$595.00 per ride (2 passengers)
booked as a group (tax-deductible)
Three (3) Passenger Capacity – 10 Min Ride
Click Here to Learn More
and Purchase Certificate

M24 Chaffee Light World War II Tank Ride Program at the American Heritage Museum
TANK RIDE
GIFT CERTIFICATE
M24 Chaffee
World War II Light Tank

$595.00 per ride (3 passengers)
booked as a group (tax-deductible)
Three (3) Passenger Capacity – 10 Min Ride
Click Here to Learn More
and Purchase Certificate

TANK RIDE
GIFT CERTIFICATE
M36 Jackson
World War II Tank Destroyer

$195.00 per person (tax-deductible)
Five (5) Passenger Capacity – 10 Min Ride
Click Here to Learn More
and Purchase Certificate
(Digital Gift Certificate to Email or Print)

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WWII TANK DEMONSTRATION WEEKEND SATURDAY & SUNDAY

If you are visiting the museum this Saturday (5/25) and Sunday (5/26), please purchase Event Tickets at the link below. General Admission tickets to just the museum are not available this weekend - only event tickets are available.