For the Record: So, who wants to own a tank museum?
Source: Armchair General website (thanks to Listy for sending me a link) Hello everyone, now, this is an interesting (and a bit sad) piece of news. To quote from the article William Gasser, a semi-retired businessman who often call himself “a former millionaire,” is seriously searching for an individual or organization that would be interested in receiving a tax free donation of his huge Tank Museum located currently in south central Virginia in the town of Danville. This museum is situated on an 89 acre site that includes a 330,000 square foot building which houses 118 armored and artillery vehicles, 160 mid-size weapons (Bazookas, Flame Throwers, Recoilless Rifles), 60 rifles (some rare, others current), an International Hall of 340 Generals in uniform, and a unique 1/16 scale 6000 square foot indoor battlefield for radio controlled tanks. The collection also includes International Tank & Cavalry artifacts from many time periods, plus support facilities that serve as a gift shop, classrooms, research library, cafeteria, and workshops to maintain the artifacts. So yes, basically Mr.Gassner is looking for someone, who would carry on his legacy, since he opened the museum more than 30 years ago, in 1981. The vehicles are allegedly 30 mil USD worth in total according to Mr.Gassner’s wife, who is the museum’s director and the collection includes 40 vehicles loaned from the US Department of Defense. For more details, please read the original article. So, what do you say, Mr.Kislyi – do you REALLY need that one more building on Cyprus? :)