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Tank Driving Experience Program


We have always felt that an immersive experience in history brings you to a closer sense of appreciation and excitement in wanting to learn more. Aside from flying in a WWII aircraft, there is nothing quite like driving a real tank!

Being a crew member or driving a tank is not particularly comfortable. These metal beasts are all business, designed to go over most obstacles with ease and destroy anything in its path. Once in a tank, it is clearly evident you are driving a machine with great power. When you’re in a tank, things don’t happen to you – You happen to them!

M4A3(76) 31st Tank Battalion 7th Armored Division

The American Heritage Museum (AHM) will offer a variety of tank driving and tank experience programs here at the tank training grounds in Hudson, Massachusetts.

The tank experience programs have been developed by our veterans and museum docents who were tank instructors in the Army. The quality of instruction will come straight from the book. Instructors will cover basic procedures, malfunctions, and driving skills. Most of the tasks are procedural, but many of the procedures require comprehension and aptitude. The training guidelines lay out the tasks into stepped achievements, depending on the ability of the trainees. Later in the program the same tasks are performed by the trainee without the aid of detailed instruction.

Tank Driving Experience Pricing
All experiences are a tax-deductible donation:

M24 Chaffee Driving Program: $995

M4A3 Sherman Driving Program: $1944
Sherman driving program includes initial training in the M5 high speed tractor.
*Participant MUST have manual transmission driving experience*

Book your experience at the booking buttons below!


M24 Chaffee Light Tank:
The Cadillac on the Shores of the Rhine

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

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.

M24 Chaffee Driving Program: $995
(tax-deductible donation)

CLICK BUTTON BELOW TO BOOK!


M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank: The Allies Workhorse

Armament: 75mm M3 Cannon, one .50 cal. MG and 2x .30 cal. MGs. Crew: 5, Commander, Gunner, Driver, Loader, Co-Driver. Engine: 450 Horsepower Ford GAA, 1,100 cubic inch V-8
Range: 130 miles

One of the most produced tanks of WWII, the M4 Sherman saw its debut storming across the hot sands of North Africa in 1942, and went on to see combat in every theater. M4s could be seen everywhere, from the island-hopping campaigns in the Pacific to the dangerous hedgerows of Normandy, even fighting in the steppes of the Eastern Front. Packing a 75mm main cannon, the M4 was a strong and reliable tank on the battlefield. Through progressive upgrades the M4 remained the definitive Allied tank throughout the Second World War and into Korea. Loved by crews for its ease of use and maintenance, the M4 Sherman remains a symbol of the Liberation of Europe and a testament to the bravery of the crews that fought in them.

M4A3 Sherman Driving Program: $1944
(tax-deductible donation)
Sherman driving program includes initial training in the M5 high speed tractor.
*Participant MUST have manual transmission driving experience*

CLICK BUTTON BELOW TO BOOK!


 

We are taking reservations for 2020 now starting after May 16th. If you are interested in scheduling your tank driving experience, book online at the links above or call 978-562-9182.

 

 

 

 

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