The Oregon Coast Military Museum erected two vintage military aviation wing tanks at the Kingwood Street driveway entrance to the Museum, to enhance visibility of the facility as a destination attraction. The two tanks, from a 1970’s era F4 fighter, were donated by Florence resident Fred Calosso, and stand approximately 15’ tall, to greet visitors to the Museum.
Founding Board member and past president Tim Sapp spearheaded the project incorporating several collaborations within the community in addition to Calosso’s donation. Artist Judy Murphy was responsible for the graphic artwork which depicts Oregon and coastal scenes such as the Heceta Light House, as well as military heritage, such as Camp Adair, Ft. Stevens and United States Coast Guard.
“We wanted the tanks to be not just a way for visitors to find us, but also to be a tribute to military heritage, specifically Oregon and the coast.” stated Sapp. In addition to Calosso, community partners included West Coast Auto Body and Florence Welding & Machine Shop. Striving to get the tanks erected in time for Rhody Days, the tanks are intended to make the Museum more visible to motorists traveling Kingwood Street.
“The day they were erected, we had several visitors and folks passing by, remarking how great they look and were glad to see them.” Indicated Chief of Staff Geoff Cannon.
The Oregon Coast Military Museum is located at 2145 Kingwood Street, and is open five days, Wednesday thru Sunday, from noon to 4:00 p.m.