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Ordnance Collection / Fort Lee Update
The AFV ASSOCIATION was formed in 1964 to support the thoughts and research of all those interested in Armored Fighting Vehicles and related topics, such as AFV drawings. The emphasis has always been on sharing information and communicating with other members of similar interests; e.g. German armor, Japanese AFVs, or whatever.
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Neil_Baumgardner
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:37 pm
Post subject: Ordnance Collection / Fort Lee Update

The better part of my day yesterday was stopping by where the former Ordnance Museum* offices and collection are stored.

[* There's some sort of name change in the works. Dont get me started...]

The good news is that essentially of the vehicles brought down (during "Phase I" of the move) are now in expandable structures - like I said before, the kind of cover they have needed for 70 years.

Here's one of the structures.

Apparently%20there%20are%20about%2080%20vehicles%20and%20120%20or%20so%20artillery%20pieces%20in%20store%20like%20this%20-%20I%20didnt%20check%20them%20all%20out%20due%20to%20my%20bum%20sprained%20ankle. The%20only%20stuff%20out%20in%20the%20open%20are%20the%20handful%20of%20display%20pieces,%20and%20Anzio%20Annie%20of%20course. Which%20reminds%20me,%20the%20one%20\"new\"%20item%20they%20have%20acquired%20is%20M1895M1A1%20(#19)%2012-inch%2035-caliber%20gun%20on%20M1918%20Railway%20Mount%20from%20NSWC%20Dahlgren.%20It's%20now%20on%20display%20at%20the%20new%20Ordnance%20campus.

They also have some new, smaller additions which make you want to shake your head - more on that separately.

As to the future of the collection... Frankly I was a little depressed after leaving...

The Ordnance "Museum" just lost its 3rd director in 3 years. It now has an acting director, presumably with a new hire at some point - although its already been 7 months without a director.

No private fundraising effort or association. And federal funding for long-term storage is still undetermined. But I'll hold final judgement until I am able to make some more calls and work on that article I've talked about again...

Neil
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the_shadock
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:12 pm
Post subject: Re: Ordnance Collection / Fort Lee Update

that's such a shame that they have closed a public display to put all this in storage.. however these vehicles need to be under cover, because the weather burns all the inside.. that would be a hard choice to choose between public display outside and inside storage with "hidden" vehicles..

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:01 pm
Post subject: Re: Ordnance Collection / Fort Lee Update

Neil -

Thanks for the update. I've been curious as to what's happening there.
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