||After uploading these pictures and asking for information, I received an email from Tom Pekel, an avid Tonka enthusiast in Ohio.
He stated, " I am the one that bought all of the Tonka Air Force Semi trucks about 15 years ago. (1994) There was one sitting on a table at the
Dayton, Ohio toy show. Don DeSalle looked at it and thought someone painted a moving van, so he passed. I looked at it and, man for the price it was
a very clean truck. I talked to the guy that had the truck and he said he got 5 of them from the Wright Patterson Air Force Museum. They were new
moving vans painted back in the day by the Air Force for a large display. The display was dismantled and put in storage. The guy I bought them from
had a letter from the Air Force stating he could buy them. The one in the DeSalle book I sold Don...." I asked Tom for additional clarification. He responded with the following information.