The Eagle Field Foundation has several military vehicles which it displays for public viewing and events. The Museum and vehicle display is by appointment only during the season (April through November). The vehicles featured on this page are those which we provide for events and parades. Please see our Upcoming Events page for more information.
Developed at the height of the Vietnam war, the XM800T was built for a multi-contractor competition to full-fill a US military need for an air-droppable, scout reconnaissance tank. In order to simplify manufacturing and maintenance requirements, the XM800T was engineered to utilize preexisting parts, hardware, and tooling found in the M113 and M548 series APC designs – already in heavy use by the US Army and US Marine Corps. Additionally, FMC engineers would build a two-man turret with advanced optic systems, gun stabilization, and heightened visibility for the crew and driver. This unique vehicle was never fully adopted into service, however, ten XM800s were deployed overseas. The US government requirements would eventually be met through the redeployment of the new Sheridan light tank.
Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected Test Concept
Developed in the early 2000s, the M1079 MRAP truck was engineered by BAE Systems as a test bed for future development of wheeled armored vehicles. The Stuart and Stevenson’s M1079 truck became the perfect test platform for the titanium hull attached to the vehicle’s rear body. This titanium hull would serve to test crew comfort, armored hull functionality, seat and crew positions, as well a number of Nuclear-Biological-Chemical (NBC) sealing practices. Ultimately, this test hull would lead to the development of the MRAP truck variants seen around the globe.
JLTV Joint Light Tactical Vehicle
In completion with a myriad of domestic and international defense contractors, as part of a joint industry effort between BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin to develop a safer and more effective general purpose combat vehicle than the outdated HUMVEE, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle came to fruition. The JLTV features a number of revolutionary design features, such as a hybrid electric engine, sectional blast defense, all-terrain capability, and proprietary armor shielding, that have made it the most advanced wheeled combat vehicle in the world. Presently, both the BAE-Lockheed models and the Oshkosh models have entered production for the US military.
AIFV – Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Built by FMC in San Jose, California, the Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle – AIFV – was developed out of a new US government contract in 1971 to expand and improve upon the widely used M113 series armored personnel carrier. Utilizing a number the same design principles, hardware, and components as the M113, the AIFV came to fruition with a new body design, upgraded crew comforts and boasted a single man offensive turret. Ultimately the United States would not widely adopt the AIFV as FMC had also produced the M3 Bradley fighting vehicle – a workhorse of the US Army. Presently, the newest variant of the AIFV is in service in more than a dozen countries and has seen combat action all across the globe.
M577 – Command and Control/ Mobile Field Hospital
The M577 Armored Personnel Carrier was developed and manufactured in wide-scale use as a mobile command center, armory, and field hospital for the United States and allies. Built directly off the FMC M113 APC platform, the M577 features a taller crew station, expanded interior space for equipment, and an additional exterior mobile generator. Like the M113, the M577 was designed to full-fill an armored frontline asset in a number of medical, command, and operational roles. The newest variant of the M577 is not far removed in design from its early 1960’s counterpart utilizing the same track, frame, armor, and overall engineering. It is presently in use by dozens of nations around the globe.
M113A1 – ACAV APC
The M113A1 ACAV APC was developed an manufactured by FMC in Santa Clara, California. Originally developed in the late 1950s, the M113 series vehicle has expanded into more than thirty variants and continues to serve with every nation within the UN and NATO. The EFF M113A1 is set up in its American 11th ACR markings and features the unique ACAV (armored cavalry) design and armor packages. Throughout the Vietnam war, the ACAV M113s served in front-line units all across South Vietnam. In addition to the single M2 HMB machine gun the commander’s turret, two additional weapons, and gun shields were affixed to the hull next to the cargo hatch in the rear-top of the vehicle to provide additional firepower to grunts in the field.
Chevy 1941 CWT 30 Truck – Long Range Desert Group Trucks
Formed in 1940, the Long Range Desert Group was tasked specifically to carry out deep penetration, covert reconnaissance patrols, and intelligence gathering missions from behind Axis lines during the North Africa and Sicily campaigns in World War Two. The LRDG were experts in desert navigation and were often assigned to support and guide other units, including the Special Air Service and secret agents from the OSS and MI6 across the North African desert. During the Desert Campaign between December 1940 and April 1943, the vehicles of the LRDG operated constantly behind the Axis lines harassing enemy troop movements, conducting road-watching recon missions, and supporting larger combat operations.