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Old military rigs at Naval Air Museum today

Submitted by on 1, July 10, 2009 – 5:45 amNo Comment

img00048The other day I happened to catch this article about a convoy of military vehicles past and present, some dating back to World War I, that wrapped up a cross-country trek in San Francisco earlier this week. Turns out they’re on display right now outside the Alameda Naval Air Museum, which is out at Alameda Point (it’s just before you round the bend to Bladium).

The event was a 90th anniversary celebration of a famous 1919 transcontinental convoy. Here’s a little background from the folks at the Military Vehicle Preservation Association:

In 1919, the US Army’s Military Transportation Corps (MTC) undertook a transcontinental Convoy to demonstrate the need for a mechanized Army. This “hooves to wheels” plan to modernize America’s fighting force needed an attention-getting event to energize Congress and the citizenry, and parading the Army’s military might from coast-to-coast along the new Lincoln Highway was a great way to get demonstrate new vehicles.

Participants, who drove everything from WWI “FWD” cargo trucks to Harley Davidson WLA motorcycles, staff cars and jeeps to later model M813 5-ton cargo trucks, stopped in the same cities as the original convoy.

According to the museum’s website, they’re only there through today if you want to check them out (they’re in the museum parking lot). The museum itself is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Its official address is 2151 Ferry Point, and the museum phone number is 522-4262.

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