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Ropkey Armor Museum

Ropkey Armor Museum was a military history museum in Crawfordsville, Indiana.[1]

Ropkey Armor Museum
M1917 Tank.jpg
Six Ton Tank M1917
Location5649 E. 150 North
Crawfordsville, Indiana
Coordinates40°03′33″N 86°47′48″W / 40.0592°N 86.7966°W / 40.0592; -86.7966
WebsiteOfficial website

The Ropkey Armor Museum closed July 29, 2017. The collection was sold off to other museums.

The museum was privately owned by the Ropkey family. It stemed from the founder Fred Ropkey's interest in military history and his past career as a tank platoon leader in the U.S. Marine Corps during the early 1950s.[2]

The museum collection was primarily of AFVs. These ranged from such rarities as a First World War M1917 to a contemporary M109 self-propelled howitzer.

Other exhibits were soft-skin military vehicles, aircraft and a Vietnam war-era PBR. The aircraft include an Antonov An-2[3] and the unique Bell X-14B. This aircraft was used for early research into VTOL until it was written off in a landing accident in 1981. It was being restored by the museum.

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  1. ^ "Ropkey Armor Museum". Museums USA.
  2. ^ "Museum History". Ropkey Armor Museum.
  3. ^ "Ropkey Armor Museum (An-2)". Flickr.