If you’ve driven by the Museum lately, you may have noticed that we had two very special “guests” outside! They are two of our Heritage Vehicles, part of the collection kept in Hangar 268, next to the Heritage Air Park. Lovingly cared for by our Heritage Maintenance Team, they are appreciated by our volunteers and visitors alike!
The first is the 1944 Chevrolet 3 Ton CMP. The Museum CMP is a model C60L Stake Truck which was manufactured on April 7, 1944. After service with the Canadian Forces, it was used at a mine site in northern BC from 1952, and donated to the Comox Air Force Museum in November of 2007. Restoration took five years by Museum volunteers.
Its net weight is 6658 lbs. (3020 kg) and its Gross Vehicle Weight is 9987 lbs. (4530 kg). The windshield on the CMP was angled slightly inward at the bottom to minimize the glare from the sun, and to avoid reflections that could be observed by enemy aircraft.
The vehicle has a right-hand driver position. The engine protrudes into the cab area. In operation, the engine is covered by a ‘doghouse’.
The second vehicle is the Jeep. The Museum Willys MB was delivered to the US Army on March 13th, 1945. A private collector in Texas restored it to the US Army standards, another collector from Vancouver acquired it in 1991, and in 1998 it was donated to the Museum. It sports a utility trailer, a canvas top cover, and is now finished in the markings of the RCAF in Comox, BC. The Jeep is authentic except for two gauges and no combat rims for the tires. It has been displayed at numerous parades and functions in the Comox Valley.
Recently, the Comox Valley Record interviewed Kevin Kinsella, the head of our Heritage Maintenance Team about the vehicles. Have a look at the article that appeared in the newspaper!
We hope that you’ll come to see the vehicles for yourselves!