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Military Vehicles April 2020

Get the only magazine dedicated to the preservation, restoration, study, and use of historic military vehicles. Military Vehicles covers vintage military photos, collecting advice, market information, show listings, and extensive display and classified advertising sections offering to buy and sell hundreds of vehicles, parts, and accessories from dealers and enthusiasts all over the world. Other regular features include book and media reviews, letters to the editor, tech topics, weapons & replicas, models & toys, and internet sightings.

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United States
Active Interest Media
7 Issues

in this issue

8 min
news and views

LOCKHEED RECEIVES THAAD SUPPORT CONTRACT Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control division is being tapped to provide work for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. The $164 million contract modification provides for performances as part of the ongoing Terminal Field Support Contract (TFSC), with a current value totaling at $725 million. Lockheed will continue with its efforts under the TFSC which include services such as forward stationing for theater support, logistics information capabilities, post deployment software support and security and engineering services. THAAD is a long-range, land-based theater defense weapon designed to intercept missiles during late mid-course or final stage flight, flying at high altitudes within and even outside the atmosphere. This allows it to provide broad area coverage against threats to critical assets such as population centers and…

9 min

Military Vehicles Magazine welcomes correspondence from readers. Letters and e-mail must include a name and regular mail return address. Published letters reflect the opinions of the writers. Military Vehicles Magazine reserves the right to edit all letters for clarity, brevity, and other purposes. Address all correspondence to: Editor, Military Vehicles Magazine, 5225 Joerns Drive, Suite 2, Stevens Point, WI 54481, or e-mail to: jadams-graf@aimmedia.com NINE-O-NINE CRASH Editor’s note: On October 2, 2019, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress owned by the Collings Foundation crashed at Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, Connecticut, United States. Seven of the thirteen people on board were killed, and the other six, as well as one person on the ground, were injured. The aircraft was destroyed by fire, with only the tail and a portion of one wing remaining. What…

5 min
the jag file

SHOULD I DRIVE IT, FLY IT, OR SHOOT IT? Why do some think they know what is best for our vehicles and military relics? The recent tragedy of a vintage B-17 Flying Fortress crashing and killing seven has reignited an old question: Should vintage aircraft be flown? Similarly, when a WWII-inspired amphibious vehicle sank in 2018 with 31 onboard, leaving 17 dead, many states looked at whether WWII DUKWs should be licensed. And, when someone shot a whole lot of school kids in Connecticut back in 2012, the calls came for the elimination of “assault-style” rifles that consequently led to restrictions on importing US-made WWII rifles. As a material culture historian, I have to ask myself, “Are these proper responses to tragedies?” SAVE THE RELICS Two things seem to play out after a military equipment-laced…

5 min
g-506: preserving the past

“Army truck, G506, needs total restoration but complete,” read the Craigslist ad that started me on an incredible journey. I always had the major goal of preserving a substantial piece of WWII history, so when the opportunity arose, it didn’t take me long to act! After contacting the owner, seeing a picture or two, and warning my father about the major project he was about to be “drafted” into, I drove to Du-shore, Pa., to rescue this historic piece. It was only after seeing the truck that I had purchased over the phone, that I quickly realized what, “needs total restoration” really meant! The truck was in sad shape. It had major body and bed rot. The engine was stuck. The winch was incomplete. The windows were all broken — and…

7 min
bedford oy lorries

Founded in 1931, the British motor manufacturing company of Bedford established a reputation for its designs of motor vehicles, especially its range of utility trucks. Initially, the interest came from civilian end users. But soon, the company responded as the British army re-armed and re-equipped in the mid-1930s. It had become apparent that the military would require its own production run of vehicles to meet a wide range of uses. Bedford promised to meet that need. One of Bedford’s first truck designs for the British army was a 15cwt (3/4-ton) vehicle that entered service in 1939 as the “MW.” By the end of WWII, Bedford had produced almost 66,000 of these light utility vehicles that were adapted to a variety of roles from water and fuel tankers, radio vehicles, and even…

14 min
support, salvage, and repair

Fellow enthusiasts and collectors of historic military vehicles (HMVs) are deeply involved in the preservation and restoration of their vehicles. So much so, we frequently neglect to think about or remember that these purpose-built vehicles’ early histories may reflect some hard use and trying times before they became “historic” military vehicles. SALVAGE, REPAIR, AND REPLACEMENT The salvage, repair, and replacement of all the items a soldier uses are major undertakings for the military, especially in harsh, combat conditions. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military had developed an extensive support system in each of the Corps areas of the country. The III Corps’ support area in south central Vietnam was largely focused at the US base at Long Binh. In 1969, I arrived at the 90th Replacement at Long Binh where I was…