Heavy/specialized loads are highly visible on the road, and while giant wind energy towers, massive machinery and the occasional aircraft wing on a flatbed are impressive, most of the freight transported across the U.S. doesn’t take up two lanes of highway or inspire photo shoots.
According to the American Trucking Association, of the 10 billion tons of cargo shipped each year in the U.S., the majority of it rides in a van. So, what is hauled inside a van? Let’s take a look.
Some priceless wartime artifacts were secured inside this Landstar dry van – irreplaceable items used by the many men and women who, as they served our country, were captured and held for years in captivity.
The traveling exhibit “Victory from Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience” is a collection of items, including a mess kit which a prisoner engraved to honor the lives lost during World War II, and a drinking cup and spoon from an Air Force colonel who spent 1,943 days in captivity in Vietnam.
The exhibit was first put on display by the National Park Service in 2013. Designed to give the public a rare look into what life was like for prisoners of war (POWs), the exhibit travels to museums across the United States thanks to the logistical support of Landstar.