Military Vehicle Technology Foundation
Rare Military Vehicles with Tour Guides, Blank Gun Firings, Staged Mock Battles Planned
The Military Vehicle Technology Foundation (MVTF) will be showing three of its iconic military vehicles at the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, April 27-28 at Half Moon Bay Airport.
The MVTF owns the largest private collection of military vehicles in the world at its museum in nearby Portola Valley and is a longtime Dream Machines fan favorite.
Members of the MVTF's Re-enactor Volunteer Program will be on hand to talk about their rare vehicles. The MVTF "tour guides" will be dressed in military uniforms and provide excellent photo opportunities for the public.
The MVTF plans to enhance its presentation by conducting periodic blank firings of the vehicle mounted machine guns which promises to be an exciting attraction for event patrons.
With display military aircraft and MVTF vehicles in the background, the re-enactors from the West Coast Armor Association also plan to perform a "mock-battle" entitled, "Rescue of a Downed Pilot" during the show. All of the re-enactors are trained in "presentation stunt combat" and are regularly used in feature movies, as well as TV programs on HBO, The History Channel, and Discovery Channel. These staged battles promise to be fascinating entertainment and great chance for kids to talk and have their picture taken with a "soldier".
The MVTF display feature a pair of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, brand new to the MVTF collection making their first public appearance, and an Israeli M5 half-track equipped with de-milled machine guns. The public will be able to actually get into the half-track, "play soldier" and have their photo taken.
The Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) are currently being tested as as replacement for the Humvee in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps. Available in four and six man versions, JLTVs can be equipped with a variety of machine guns or grenade launchers.
The Israeli M5 was built in 1944 by International Harvester and was exported to France that same year. During the 1950's, it was sold to the Israelis who replaced the original IHC RED-450 gasoline engine with a Cummins diesel.
This vehicle was knocked out on the Sinai Peninsula during the 1973 Arab-Israeli War and abandoned for 20+ years. It was recovered in the mid-1990's and brought to the U.S. and repaired to its present state.
For more information about the MVTF, please visit their website: www.mvtf.org.