Washington Post on the AAF Tank Museum

The Washington Post has a new article on the American Armored Foundation Tank Museum in Danville, VA.

“Seven … eight … zero … zero … zero … three!”

Dan Gasser calls out the numbers in a booming, stadium-beer-vendor voice. His wife, Natasha, dips her right hand into a glass bowl and pulls out another winning ticket.

“Seven … seven … nine … eight … three … six!” Dan shouts.

roof_fund_picture-291x183It’s raffle time at the family-owned and -operated American Armoured Foundation Tank Museumin Danville, Va., a 300,000-square-foot former milling factory that contains more than five football fields’ worth of steel-plated history. Parked in neat rows like soldiers at parade rest are a rare World War I British tank, a Russian T-34 (arguably the greatest of all workhorse tanks) and a 65.5-ton M103, which was the last of the “heavy tanks” made in America. There are 52 tanks in all, plus scores of armored personnel carriers, self-propelled anti-aircraft weapons and long-barrel howitzers on wheels. This amount of muscle is on public display in only a handful of places around the world.

If the Gassers ever get the urge to invade North Carolina, they could do serious damage.

Read the full article here.

AAF Tank Museum In Danville Virginia may consider staying in current location

museumpatch-111x120The local ABC affiliate in Danville Virginia is reporting that the American Armored Foundation (AAF) Tank Museum is reconsidering their announcement from last November that they would relocate to Ohio.  Local government commissioned a study to find out if the tank museum could remain viable in it’s current location.  The study recommended that the primary problem facing the museum is a lack of marketing.  Museum Director Daniel Gasser  said they spend the little money they get from admissions on fixing up the warehouse which leaves nothing for advertising.   “It’s all on a budget,” Gasser said.  “We’re putting out as much as we can right now.  If we stay open longer hours, it’s going to cost me more than what is going to come through the door, and I can’t make that money back.”  The 330,000-square-foot facility on U.S. 29 in Blairs.  According to the AAF website, the museum has 120 tank and military pieces, 150 machine guns, mortars, and flame throwers, more than 65 small arms, more than 340 international tank and cavalry generals’ uniforms, more than 2,200 hats and helmets, more than 350 tank and artillery optical instruments and more than 400 tank and AVF toys and other items.

Visit the AAF Tank Museum website here.