You may have noticed that The Widow Maker is no longer listed in our motor pool. That is because we are in the process of selling the quad .50 mount. The Widow Maker will live on in our photos, our hearts, and our memories. This page will stay up for a little bit longer.
History Fanatics built a replica of The Widow Maker to honor the original crews who served with the quad trucks, as well as all those who survived because of what they did.
The History Fanatics' The Widow Maker was a replica of the original quad .50 gun truck named The Widow Maker. It was built to look like the original did in 1967. We used original photographs and had the help of original crew members and the National Dusters, Quads, Searchlights Association.
History Fanatics also thanks the members of the National U.S. Armed Forces Museum who helped us in the restoration and the mounting of the quad mount.
The Widow Maker has been viewed at many different events in both Texas and Oklahoma. Transport to events ranges from driving it (local events) to transport by tractor trailer.
We have been fortunate to talk with many Vietnam Veterans, and have had many carry on conversations with the truck. At first, this was a little unsettling to those of us displaying the truck. But, then we realized, that our replica provided a conduit for those Veterans to talk to their friends they left behind. It has since been our mission to get the truck to as many events as we can, as it is a healing vessel.
This is where we need the public's support. History Fanatics is currently looking at purchasing a dedicated truck and transport trailer for The Widow Maker. We also need your support for fuel costs. Everything that comes in goes straight to supporting this truck and its mission.
We are also looking for people to join us in telling the story of the Veterans. If you are interested, please contact us either through our contact page or directly by e-mail at Robert@HistoryFanatics.org. Thank you!