- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE — An era rumbled to an end at Robins on Tuesday.

The last M35 cargo truck at the base made a final trip from the 78th Logistics Readiness Squadron to its new home in Hangar One at the Museum of Aviation.

The M35 is a military icon that for decades has transported troops and supplies in combat zones around the world. The one delivered to the museum arrived at Robins brand new in 1988, and has been operated by the 5th Combat Communications Group, commonly known as the 5th Mob, the entire time.

The truck is famed for its ruggedness, simplicity and ability to run on most any fuel. In a pinch, it can even run on used motor oil.

While the museum’s truck never deployed overseas, it likely served some important missions, including delivering supplies to Hurricane Katrina victims and responding to the Mother’s Day tornados in Macon. The 5th Combat Communications Group responded to both of those.

Mike Rowland, curator of the museum, said the truck is an important addition.

A contractor for the 78th Logistics Readiness Squadron has been restoring the truck for delivery to the museum. The 5th Mob had planned to turn it over for surplus auction, but the museum found out about and asked if it could have it.

For more on this story, come back to macon.com and read Wednesday’s Telegraph.

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