Recently I decided to drive to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for a bite to eat. Tuscaloosa is famously the home of the University of Alabama, feared and resented throughout the United States for its football program (so I hear), but I was there for a little Greek food. Lamb, specifically. In the deep south, there aren’t many places that sell lamb, but Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe does. While sitting at an intersection waiting to turn in, though, I happened to see…a jet fighter. And a tank! And a helicopter!
Turns out, near the University Mall (across the street from my destination) is a Veterans Memorial Park, with various pieces of military equipment from different services parked there, including a M60 tank, a Huey, a A-7 Corsair, a Willys jeep, and two pieces of artillery (one land-based, one naval). I’ve never been near a tank, so despite a downpour, I happily jumped out of the car with umbrella in hand to go stand and stare at it. According to a plaque, a military hospital once stood on the site, presumably now covered by the mall’s footprint. I took some photos with my phone; click for larger versions.