Historic WWII tanks will roll out at the Military Aviation Museum in Pungo, Virginia on October 1st and 2nd, so be sure to plan your visit so you can get an up close and personal look at the armored vehicles!
With demonstrations daily, and a Living History camp display area, Tanks and Tracks will provide visitors with a rare opportunity to step back in time. Some of the visiting armor and tracked vehicles will even be offering rides (see below for details). Featuring tanks, artillery and other vehicles from around the region, Tanks and Tracks will showcase some of World War II’s most impressive equipment.
The Wheels of Liberation team will be supplying some of the military vehicles on show, and these will include the Sexton, a Canadian-designed 25 pound self-propelled gun, an American M18 Hellcat – a famed tank destroyer – and a British Cromwell cruiser tank. The museum will also be hosting a Sherman tank, ‘Easy Eight’ Arrogant Bastard, courtesy of the Tippins family. And of course, the museum’s functional 88mm Flak Cannon will also be on display!
What to See & Do
- Living History Camp Area: Made possible by dozens of local living history groups, the camp area will surround the battlefield that the tanks will use for their demonstrations. The camp area will feature costumed re-enactors, equipment displays and programs going on throughout the day.
- Daily Armor & Weapon Demonstrations: Starting at 1pm each day, there will be daily weapon and vehicle demonstrations. This will include the much-loved flamethrower demonstration, returning alongside the Parris Island Living History Detachment.
- “Capture the Airfield” Mock Battle: At the conclusion of the Daily Weapon & Armor Demonstration, a mock battle will take place to show how all of the equipment was designed and intended to work together on the battlefield.
- Tank Rides: Available for purchase on site, first come, first served. Will include a limited number of rides in the Hellcat and Sexton, with the M29C Weasel providing all-day ride options.
- Static Warbirds: Although it is being held over our normal Air Show weekend, Tanks and Tracks is not an air show. The Museum’s incredible collection of WWII aircraft will be on static display around the property for you to grab an up-close look!
- Open Cockpit: The Museum’s Junkers Ju 52 will be opened up for you to take a look inside a WWII enemy troop transport!
- The Goxhill Tower: Typically closed during special events, the museum will run daily tours, departing from their WWI Hangar during Tanks and Tracks, so that everyone has a chance to see and enjoy this original, WWII-era Royal Air Force air station control tower, which the Military Aviation Museum relocated, brick-by-brick, from the former RAF Goxhill airfield in England.
- Food Trucks: There will be several food trucks on site at the museum, including fan favorites like Little Piggy’s Wurst Nightmare, Blackwater BBQ and Pittsburgh’s Best.