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General Patton Memorial Museum

Article about: Having driven past the Patton Museum countless times, on trips to and from visiting our daughter in Phoenix, AZ, we finally put aside a day to go and visit the museum. What a great visit thi

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    Having driven past the Patton Museum countless times, on trips to and from visiting our daughter in Phoenix, AZ, we finally put aside a day to go and visit the museum. What a great visit this was. I had initially thought it was going to be solely dedicated to Patton’s Desert Tank Training, as it took place in this little corner of the world but our surprise, the museum covered all arenas of WWII on up through our current day fight in Afghanistan. Desert Tank Training was certainly a major part of the museum and very interesting to learn about, the rest was just a huge bonus. The kid and I ran around like two kids in a candy store, going from one display case to the next..looking, reading, looking, reading and looking some more again. They’ve got a dozen or so tanks, on static display, out back, most in desperate need of some attention but cool to look at none the less.

    I snapped about 50 photos while there, here are just a few and I’ll try and get more posted later. Sorry for the not so good quality of photos. Between the museum being very dark, taking photos through glass and using a cheap digital camera, this is as good as it got.

    Here is a link to the museum web site:

    General Patton Memorial Museum
    Enjoy!

    Russ & Son

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    Very cool, thank you for posting.
    Looking forward to see the other photos.
    Cheers.
    Nuno

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    The Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor in Ft.Knox, Ky is worth stopping for as well, if your in the area...

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    More photos!


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    And more.......

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    Almost done!

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    and....the last of them.

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    That's all folks!

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    Fun Fact!

    My son attends a charter school that is located on the grounds of the historic Flabob Airport. Many of the original structures of Flabob were either post war surplus, from March Airfield or purchased surplus wood that came from tank crates from General Patton’s tank corps training center in the Southern California desert. Here is the story as to how this came about....

    Flavio Madariaga had a well earned reputation of being a master scrounger and opportunist. One day, while flying over the Southern California desert, in a Stearman he had just purchased as war surplus, Flavio (then owner and part namesake of Flabob) spotted a group of men standing near what appeared to be stacks of lumber. The creative wheels began to spin in Flavio’s mind and before you knew it, he was landing the Stearman to investigate. This piece of California desert he just landed on, had once served as the training ground for General George S. Patton's U.S. Army tank corps. Tanks that had been delivered, to the training ground, arrived in large wooden crates, made of high-grade, one-inch oak which these men had purchased as surplus. Flavio saw this lumber as just what he needed to build sturdy new hangars at Flabob and so the horse trading began. Having just spent all his money on the Stearman, Flavio offered his newly acquired plane in exchange for the lumber and delivery. The men, not knowing how to fly, had little need for an airplane and declined the offer. Flavio sweetened the pot by throwing in flying lessons which was the deal closer. The surplus lumber was delivered and over time became hangars and other structures at Flabob.

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    Very nice pictures... thanks so much for sharing!!

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