Military Heritage Collection of North Texas

Military Heritage Collection of North Texas The Military Heritage Collection is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization located in the South East corner of Collin County in North Texas. The museum houses an extensive collection of Military Vehicles, Uniforms and Equipment, Military Hardware and Artwork.
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"Red" Smith's drone museum,  the AUVM is having a soft opening next weekend. Many of you know the family have been worki...
01/11/2020

"Red" Smith's drone museum, the AUVM is having a soft opening next weekend.

Many of you know the family have been working hard for two years to get it ready for people to see.

They are having the granddaughter of the man considered to be the father of unmanned aircraft as a guest speaker.

If you can support the event please come out and enjoy Red's legacy.

We got some more pictures of the kiddo's Saturday. Thanks again for all the hard work.
11/19/2019

We got some more pictures of the kiddo's Saturday.

Thanks again for all the hard work.

Pictures from AUVM (Aircraft Unmanned Vehicle. Museum)Also forgot to thank them for food and cookies the bought over for...
11/18/2019

Pictures from AUVM (Aircraft Unmanned Vehicle. Museum)

Also forgot to thank them for food and cookies the bought over for guard guys to enjoy.

11/18/2019

This weekend marked the 2 year anniversary of Col. Red Smith death.

His family have done an awesome job of turning his drone collection into the museum he always dreamed of starting.

Located in Caddo Mills, the AUVM had a fly in this past weekend.

The collection is amazing with military drones from the late 30's to some still flying today, their engine collection is about the best in the country.

I only got to stop by briefly, say hi and snap a few pictures. Their current project is a rare Firebee drone, standing in front is Red's son Doug and grandson Marshall.

Hi everyone. As usual I am apologizing for not keeping up with Facebook.We have been real busy so will hit the highpoint...
11/18/2019

Hi everyone. As usual I am apologizing for not keeping up with Facebook.

We have been real busy so will hit the highpoints

This weekend pack 312 came out and presented museum with a momento from their summer camp out here, we will find a place to hang it this week.

Army national guard in Wylie bought out about 70 recent recruits to visit, really enjoyed seeing Kelly and the guys.

We had a visit from Merle Haggard sons and their band, they got to ride in armor and hang out for a while.

Saturday night we took the Hemtt and a Hmmwv to their concert in Royse City Hemtt made an awesome place to watch from.

11/08/2019

We got to run the newly arrived Abbot this morning.

Really nice day for it and it seems to be running really well.

11/01/2019

We had a visitor at 7am this morning.

Abbot 07EB81 after her trip across the pond.

She was purchased in the UK by our friends at the Hawthorne Ordnance Museum in Nevada and will be breaking her trip to Nevada to get work done on her before final leg of her trip.

Thanks to a small private donation the museum has finally been able to start some of the framing in our new building.
10/27/2019

Thanks to a small private donation the museum has finally been able to start some of the framing in our new building.

Military Heritage Collection of North Texas
10/22/2019

Military Heritage Collection of North Texas

We had a real busy weekend at Museum but got to do some work,  wanted to share progress on the GPW. Starting to look lik...
10/16/2019

We had a real busy weekend at Museum but got to do some work, wanted to share progress on the GPW.

Starting to look like a jeep again.

The museums two cucv’s side by side. We moved around the trucks this morning so we can attend to the parking lot. The cu...
10/02/2019

The museums two cucv’s side by side. We moved around the trucks this morning so we can attend to the parking lot. The cucv’s seemed to be the only two that didn’t give us attitude about starting.

09/27/2019

Another mornings worth of wrench turning and the museums HMMWV has its new water pump, all buttoned up and running like a champ.

We get many amazing artifacts donated to Museum but this one stands out.This tile is from the site of the Hiroshima atom...
09/25/2019

We get many amazing artifacts donated to Museum but this one stands out.

This tile is from the site of the Hiroshima atomic blast and was in a group of artifacts from a gentleman who was an air gunner on the USS Yorktown.

The museum would like to welcome our newest member of the family. 1986 M-1009 Chevy cucv blazer
09/22/2019

The museum would like to welcome our newest member of the family. 1986 M-1009 Chevy cucv blazer

Mark and Vlad replacing the water pump on the museums Hummer today.
09/22/2019

Mark and Vlad replacing the water pump on the museums Hummer today.

09/14/2019

This was very early this morning, test drive before guests arrived.

09/14/2019

Such a gorgeous morning, we had to take the Abbot out for a quick run.

The MQM-74A is finished after a full restoration back to operating condition. This drone was one of the many saved by Lt...
09/06/2019

The MQM-74A is finished after a full restoration back to operating condition. This drone was one of the many saved by Lt Col. Red Smith. Originally built as a US Navy bird it flew with the Israeli armed forces as a "Telem" decoy for a number of years, It has been restored to its original period US Navy color scheme. Markings will be applied in next week or so.

08/19/2019

Got to take the Abbot on its first test drive. The new pump really helps, thanks Dave.

Chapmen Electric in Dallas did an incredible job rebuilding the pump.

08/18/2019

Abbot 105mm all back together after having her tank pulled and pump repaired. First Start and she fired up.

08/17/2019

After weeks of waiting and a ton of logistics, we took delivery of the French M7T1 Latil today.
The truck will be on display directly. Please check back regularly for updates. The museum would like to thank everyone involved for making this happen.

We will post an update on some of the other things going on at the museum later but we wanted to share this.For some wee...
08/16/2019

We will post an update on some of the other things going on at the museum later but we wanted to share this.

For some weeks we have been working to bring an extremely rare WW2 vehicle to the museum, this being due to the generosity of Mr Richard Lavanture of Elkhart Indiana and a good friend Chuck Forgay who worked to make it happen.

The 1939 Latil M7T1 is an extremely rare French military vehicle from the Second World War, this is the only example we believe in the US and one of a mere handful in the world.

Chuck will load it tomorrow and it will be heading for Texas, we expect it to arrive late Saturday or Early Sunday.

We also need to thank the Enterprise Holdings Foundation (Enterprise Rent-A-Car) for a generous donation that has covered the expenses of the move and Brittany Atkins who arranged it.

I hope you take the opportunity some time to come out and look at the Latil, needless to say we can't wait to get it on the road.

Thanks again to everyone that helped.

Thanks to the generosity of Carolyn Mittel we went and picked up a 1942 Ford GPW yesterday.It took a trailer and three t...
07/28/2019

Thanks to the generosity of Carolyn Mittel we went and picked up a 1942 Ford GPW yesterday.

It took a trailer and three trucks to get everything back to museum.

Special thanks to Gene for helping get everything together and ready to move.

07/21/2019

We pulled out a friends Deuce truck today from behind the armor building where it had languished for a few years. Few hours of work and a couple small service issues and she is running like a champ.

After the Fuel pump in the 105mm Abbot SPG decided to give up the ghost around the 4th of July weekend we had to remove ...
07/21/2019

After the Fuel pump in the 105mm Abbot SPG decided to give up the ghost around the 4th of July weekend we had to remove the fuel tank, rebuilt pump should be back soon.

07/21/2019

Abbot 105mm tank removal

07/21/2019
Soviet Dnepr out for test Drive

ED and Vlad taking the Dnepr for a test Drive. Vlad has been giving rides to the Kiddos of late and its a popular vehicle for people to have their picture taken on.

06/08/2019

Come out and join the museum at the Armadillo Gun Store & Range in Nevada, TX today. We have opened our safes and brought out almost two dozen of our very rare vintage pistols and long rifles.

For a monetary donation you can come out and shoot some or all of these historic pieces.

We will be here till at least 3:00pm-accepting walk ups.

Last night of scouts at museum. Real good kiddos, in 5 nights we never had to raise our voice once, kiddos we're good as...
06/08/2019

Last night of scouts at museum. Real good kiddos, in 5 nights we never had to raise our voice once, kiddos we're good as gold.

The local Royse City boy scouts came out and assembled everything for their week long camp.
06/02/2019

The local Royse City boy scouts came out and assembled everything for their week long camp.

06/01/2019

Vlad taking a quick spin on the Dneper today after a winter refresh.

Just wanted to thank our friends at Whiskers for Wounded Warriors. The guys had 40 tons of gravel delivered to improve t...
05/31/2019

Just wanted to thank our friends at Whiskers for Wounded Warriors.

The guys had 40 tons of gravel delivered to improve the road and parking lot.

These guys are awesome, they do so much good for our Veteran community. If you get a chance check them out, they are always looking for new members and support.

Congratulations Mike on the new Grandbaby.

05/31/2019

Matt Klukis is heading out for USMC basic in July.

His Uncle Eric set it up for him to come over to the museum and drive the Abbot.

With all the rain he was the first to drive since about Mid October, he did really well.

Hope to see him again after he completes his training.

Hi Guys.Memorial day is upon us, we again take pause to remember the countless souls that died in the service of their c...
05/26/2019

Hi Guys.

Memorial day is upon us, we again take pause to remember the countless souls that died in the service of their country but we also get to remember the many Vets that made it home and have since passed.

To have had the privilege of their company, to have sat and listened to their stories, watched them laugh and cry as they remembered events that took place so many years ago. I remember every one, Red, Pete, Mr Marvin, James, John, Col. Lewis and so many more...

We took some time to get things done around museum that have been put off because of the rain.

We did a quick PM on the Abbot 105mm, drained all the old Diesel and got her prepped to finally start driving again if the weather co-operates.

We tore into the BQM 74A Chukar drone andit'sarted to get it ready for restoration, its like a time capsule, nothing been changed since Red put it into storage many years ago.

Lunch with the crew.
05/25/2019

Lunch with the crew.

05/25/2019

A little work on the BQM-74 (chukar) decoy drone today.

Our friends with the drone Museum at Caddo Mills have got the website up and running. As many of you know the drone coll...
05/15/2019
Welcome to AUVM.NET

Our friends with the drone Museum at Caddo Mills have got the website up and running.

As many of you know the drone collection was Red Smiths passion for many years, his family are doing a great job getting it ready for people to see.

If you get a chance you really need to check it out.

https://auvm.net/

The AUVM.NET was started by retired Lt. Col. Harold Smith. During his military career of 32 years he worked in the Unmanned Aircraft section of SAC. After his retirement he went to work at Northrop Aircraft, again in the unmanned aircraft division. Over the course of 40 years he collected over 40 un...

Hi Guys.A few things going on around the museum.We have a new project donated by the Smith family, a BQM-74 jet powered ...
05/14/2019

Hi Guys.

A few things going on around the museum.

We have a new project donated by the Smith family, a BQM-74 jet powered drone from the 1970s used in Israel as a decoy.

The weather has been a real damper since almost mid October but we hope weather will break soon and we can catch up with tank rides and drives.

Also, we have a few events coming up. Starting June 3rd till June 7th the boy's scouts will be holding their camp at the museum, their theme is honoring the military this year and they have asked for vets to come and volunteer during the week with various activities from Morse code to First Aid.

Saturday 8th June is the 75th Anniversary D-Day shoot, a big event for the museum. The museum has never really held a true fundraiser so this is a first.

The event will be from 10 am to 5pm and we will need help registering guests, operating vehicles and generally making sure event goes off as planned.

The event will be at the Armadillo range in Nevad.

05/11/2019

A rainy day here at the museum so it’s a good day for some much needed service to our tractor.

Military Heritage Collection of North Texas's cover photo
05/08/2019

Military Heritage Collection of North Texas's cover photo

We had an amazing visit to another local drone museum last week. We visited the AUVM (aircraft unmanned vehicle museum) ...
05/05/2019

We had an amazing visit to another local drone museum last week. We visited the AUVM (aircraft unmanned vehicle museum) In Caddo Mills Tx. It is an amazing collection of drones from the 1950’s to current. Well worth the trip.

The bldg has its new sign.They used the HEMTT as a scaffold and got it done in no time.Thanks to Appreciation Printing i...
03/29/2019

The bldg has its new sign.

They used the HEMTT as a scaffold and got it done in no time.

Thanks to Appreciation Printing in Royse City.

03/19/2019

With the ongoing question of how the museum is funded, we would like some feedback from our friends and visitors.
We receive No external funding and very little is raised from visits where we often expend the most resources. As many of you know we are receiving more visitors than ever and cost, therefore, is increasing.

The question is do you think the museum should remain FREE or do you think a $5 charge or donation is fair and reasonable.

Hi Guys.Need to ask for help.I am happy to report the completion of the shell for the new entrance and galleries.We had ...
03/15/2019

Hi Guys.

Need to ask for help.

I am happy to report the completion of the shell for the new entrance and galleries.

We had managed to come up with the money to complete the building to this point, however we are going to have to ask for help in completing the interior.

The current plan calls for a large entrance gallery, a library, two exhibit/art galleries and a large multi-use mezzanine for use by local orginizations for meetings etc.

We need to buy or obtain all the materials to complete the interior build. If you can help by donating at our museum link below we would really appreciate it.

If you know where we could obtain materials that would be a great help also.

Thank you.

http://www.fubarmotorpool.com/donate.html

Address

20798 County Road 590
Nevada, TX
75173

Opening Hours

Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(214) 794-8992

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Thank you for giving my boys and their friends such an amazing experience, guiding us through your epic collection. We will definitely be back. We love the Military Heritage Collection of North Texas!
Ride in the Tanks & Armored Cars. Explore Military Histoey from the Spanish-American War through WWII & Vietnam & the Present. Many artifacts & paintings including the Operation Dragoon mural by Eugene Savage. A Must See Museum!!
Awesome collection of Military vehicles, equipment, & uniforms. The Operation Dragoon mural is a must see. Incredible Museum!!
Engaging storytelling!!!
Wonderful guides!!!
Great place!!!
Thank you today for a wonderful day!! You are so generous with your equipment and artifacts. The Lakeshore Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron had a great time today.
What a great experience Macey and I had at this museum. Thank you so much for hosting us. We will definitely see you again in the near future!
Cubscout Pack 304 out of Wylie... Having an awesome time!!!!
I just wanted to say thank you for everything you all are doing. You teach history, don't charge an arm and a leg and are true to what America is about. This veteran and many others are thankful for people like you. You preserve our history and teach those with open eyes and ears. Thank you sooo much! I wish more people knew about your company and what you have to offer. I'm spreading the word and encourage others to do the same. Such a hidden gem!
An amazing collection, thanks for keeping our military history alive.