MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The Patriot's Point museum received a 25-ton addition to the Vietnam Experience Exhibit.
The South Carolina National Guard is loaning the museum an M42 Duster, a self-propelled rapid-firing anti-aircraft gun. It was first used in the Korean War starting in 1953, and later as a ground defense weapon in the Vietnam War.
The Duster was used to protect ground forces from low-level air attack.
It is nearly 21 feet long and has a combat weight of 49,500 pounds, according to Patriots Point spokesman Chris Hauff. Its maximum road speed was 45 mph.
The state's National Guard donated the Duster to add a bit of realism to the museum's exhibit.
The two-and-a-half acre exhibit is included in the museums normal admission price.