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The Military Vehicle Corps, often referred to as the Motor Pool, is a small group within the Planes of Fame Air Museum family. The Military Vehicles in our collection are primarily from World War II and are maintained and operated by a group of Museum volunteers. These vehicles are used in parades, public events (e.g. Marching Thru History), and WWII re-enactments. The following vehicles are just some of those that are on display at Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, CA.
M4A1 Sherman Tank
The M4A1 Sherman Tank is a medium tank from World War II. Our Sherman is an early model Sherman tank, built in 1942. Our M4A1 was based in the United States during the war and was used for training. Acquired in the mid-sixties, our Sherman Tank has been used in movies, commercials, reenactments, parades and other public displays.
1941 WC-54 Dodge Ambulance
Our 1941 WC-54 Dodge Ambulance is a fully operational Dodge Ambulance. It was restored to be operational by the Motor Pool volunteers, which was completed in 2004. However, we are planning a full restoration of this vehicle in the future.
The GMC CCKW, also referred to as the Deuce and a half, was used to transport troops and supplies during World War II. The CCKW on display at Planes of Fame is a 1941, closed cab LWB, originally built in a block of trucks shipped without a bed. Trucks were shipped from GMC with cargo and dump beds, which means our CCKW was destined for a specialized bed. The CCKW is operational and still serving its original purpose as it is used for setup and then displayed at our annual airshow.