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Imagine, if you will, an early 1950s North American F-86 Sabre, best known as the United States' first swept wing fighter, flying through Korean skies in a high-speed dogfight. One of the best and most important fighter aircraft in the Korean War, the F-86 Sabre proved versatile and adaptable. It continued as a front-line fighter in numerous air forces world-wide for decades to come!

Fast forward to 2014 and take a walk into our own Billings Army Navy Surplus store. Here you’ll discover our newest mascot, fondly referred to as ‘Tank’, a never-used Military Jet Drop Fuel Tank from the legendary F-86 Sabre. While ‘Tank’ looks like a large missile, we added our own brand of Go-ArmyNavy style and personality. And now he greets the world with a special design patterned after the nose art of many of the 1950s era of fighter jets — a snarling shark!

We acquired two of these fuel tanks (brand-new in their crates) and are proud to have obtained such a piece of history. One jet drop fuel tank is without adornment, the other is ‘Tank’ and we’re only willing to part with him if the right ‘home' is offered. Click here for more details for both fuel tanks.

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We just visited the World War II National Museum in New Orleans, and what an awe-inspiring experience!

As history buffs ourselves, we spent the entire day absorbing each and every exhibit that took us from ‘America Goes to War’, the ‘Train Car Experience’, ‘D-Day Invasion of Normandy’, ‘D-Day: The Landing Beaches’, the Pacific campaign... through to the ‘Stage Door Canteen’ where the Victory Belles paid tribute to all the WWII-era performers who helped entertain and inspire the troops during those dark, hard-fought days. We remembered through precise details of each display, moments of experiences from our fathers and great grandfathers — and it made us very proud to be Americans.

We discovered too, that many display pieces we saw in several exhibits, had also passed through our doors at Billings Army Navy Surplus, right here in Billings, Montana.

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Well, we did it! After 31 years at the same location, we took a huge leap forward and undertook the monumental task of not only purchasing, but also moving into a new and larger facility that boasts 7,500 square feet of show room space. While moving is never fun, especially with the large and diverse inventory of about 10,000 different items we carry, we’re pleased that not only is the new store larger, it’s directly across the street from our original location. In fact, we shuttered the doors at the original site on February 10th at 11:59 AM, only to re-open them one minute later — 12:00 noon, at our new location, 10 N. 29th Street, Billings, Montana 59101.

Billings Army Navy Surplus: Original store location for 31 years   Billings Army Navy Surplus: New store location at 10 N. 29th St. Billings MT

Our original store location.

 

Our new location across the street.

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This original Ford scripted 1942 GPW Jeep was restored by Steve Fogle, a longtime friend and customer. It has 5 combat wheels, a rifle rack on the windshield, summer top, and lots of extras. It still has the original motor and runs well.

Steve is an avid World War II reenactor and has taken great care in the restoration of this vehicle. He’s ready to shift gears and sell this beautiful Jeep. Contact us if you have any interest…

 

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Boker USA is an indirect offshoot of a 17th century tool-making workshop that originated in Germany. The cornerstone of the Boker companies is the factory founded by Heinrich Boeker in Solingen, Germany in 1869. Boker has a very interesting history.

Boker USA no longer makes knives in the U.S. as the majority of Boker manufacturing moved back to the main plant in Solingen. It is there that Boker’s reputation for quality and craftsmanship began, and it is there that the tradition continues today.

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