I played a little “hooky” this afternoon and took a nice long scoot!
Route 443 is a nice mix of curves, forests, farms etc., …. and it also happens to pass straight through The National Guard Training Center at Fort Indiantown Gap.
In addition to various National Guard training and administration facilities, Fort Indiantown Gap is the staging area for the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team/28th Infantry Division. In recent times it has served as a mobilization center for troops supporting operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
I knew that the museum located at “The Gap” (as locals often refer to it) is open to the public on Mondays and Fridays, so I decided to check it out. As it turned out, the museum was closed for a private function today. Luckily there are a number of outdoor exhibits, so I was able to capture those.
“Bruiser The Cruiser” Posing With Some Bigger Toys!
OH-6A Cayuse “Loach”
(developed during the Vietnam-era)
An extremely maneuverable and light observation, attack, and escort helicopter engineered by Hughes Aircraft. I was surprised at how tiny this is!
UH-1 Iroquois “Huey”
from the placard:
The “Huey” is a multi-faceted aircraft capable of command and control, resupply, casualty evacuation, and troop transport. The “Huey” is the most widely used military helicopter. It was so versatile that by the end of the Vietnam Conflict more than 5,000 of these aircraft were in Southeast Asia.
AH-1F Bell “Cobra”
The AH-1F replaced the Huey’s bulky fuselage with a thin-profile fuselage and tandem seating. The Cobra is an aerial weapons platform that provides direct and indirect fire support, armed reconnaissance, and aerial escort for transporting aircraft and ground convoys.
Click the Indiantown Gap tag at the end of this post to see more of the outdoor exhibits at “The Gap”