I think I've only managed it once, in the pre-digital camera era. But I did hit both museums in the same day. Not this time, though -- I got to Aberdeen a little later than I'd hoped because of traffic. And, you can't take the closest entrance -- you have to go around a bit to a visitor's entrance, show ID, sign in and get a visitor pass.
Because it was late afternoon, the light started fading pretty quickly. So I was pretty rushed and only had a chance to do a quick run through.
Here's the full set: US Army Ordnance Museum, 12/27/07. Some highlights:
Watch out: Maryland has nukes:
That's the tactical nuclear recoilless rifle, the M-388 Davy Crockett, often purported to have a kill radius bigger than its delivery range.
Closeup of the warhead:
Collection of Lee-Enfield rifles:
A non-ordnance-related sign:
Now, one good thing about it being so late in the day, the setting sun added an orange tinge -- on the desert tan-painted stuff (mostly German), it gave things a neat, reddish-pink highlight:
Someone had put a wreath at the base of this tank:
This tank has seen better days:
A five-tube rocket artillery piece:
The T-12, a 43,000+ pound bomb:
Since Aberdeen is about 30 miles north of Baltimore, it's just far enough away to be a haul, but it's worth the visit. Check out the full set for more.
I love the lighting that time of day.
Maryland also has a nuclear reactor.
Happy new year, Joe.
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