Silicon Valley tank collection heading east

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The family of a Silicon Valley engineer who amassed one of the nation's most extensive historic military vehicle collections is giving the tanks, missile launchers and armored vehicles to a Massachusetts-based museum that will preserve and display some of them.

Until now, the $30 million fleet of tanks has been refurbished and housed in seven storage sheds on a family estate up a winding, forested road above Silicon Valley; they are visited only under privately arranged tours.

But in a deal inked on July 4 and announced Monday in honor of Veteran's Day, the 240 pieces have been signed over to The Collings Foundation, which preserves historic military aircraft and now plans to add a new military vehicle museum at its Stow, Mass., headquarters.

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Associated Press video journalist Haven Daley contributed to this story.

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