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Can a 7 ton airborne crane really fly?

31 May 2013

Can a 7 ton airborne crane really fly?

27° 11′ 45″ N / 80° 14′ 53″ W

— photo by Joseph May

The Road to Victory Military Museum in Stuart FL — photo by Joseph May

The Road to Victory Military Museum in beautiful downtown Stuart FL is an excellent local museum primarily regarding U.S. Armed Forces servicemen during World War II. An associate had mentioned a Huey helicopter was now there so a trip was planned and accomplished. Alas, no Huey or any other aircraft but the museum made for a wonderful visit.

Housed in an historic building and filled with weapons as well as artifacts this is a museum well worth a visist. It is especially designed with children in mind since the exhibits are displayed with their eye level in mind.

The Road to Victory Military Museum is located at 319 Stypman Ave., Stuart FL  34994 — there is no admission and is open Saturdays only.

— photo by Joseph May

The 7 Ton Airborne Shovel-Crane made by Gar Wood Industries, note the lattice construction of the boom as well as the boom joint where the upper boom can fold against the lower boom — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

The slewing table atop the chassis with engine, winding drum and operator’s station — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

The operator’s station — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

Information plate showing the machine’s configurations and capabilities — photo by Joseph May

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