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The Air Mobility Command Museum (AMCM) is dedicated to military airlift and air refueling aircraft and the men and women who flew and maintained them. It has the largest and most complete collection of fully restored U.S. military cargo and tanker aircraft in the Eastern United States and is located about 1/2 mile south of Dover Air Force Base. The mission of the museum is to collect, preserve and exhibit the artifacts and human stories significant to the development and employment of military airlift and air refueling in the USAF and the USAAF, as well as to portray the history of Dover Air Force Base.[2]

Air Mobility Command Museum
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Aerial view of the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover, Delaware
Air Mobility Command Museum is located in Delaware
Air Mobility Command Museum
Location in Delaware
LocationDover Air Force Base
Coordinates39°07′07″N 75°27′24″W / 39.118692°N 75.456643°W / 39.118692; -75.456643
TypeAviation museum
DirectorJohnny Taylor[1]
WebsiteAMCMuseum.org

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Museum historyEdit

While the museum itself was not officially established until 1986, the idea for the museum developed as a result of an Air Force Reserve restoration project on the B-17G bomber "Shoo Shoo Baby" in 1978.[3] This aircraft became the first of many to be restored for eventual display at the museum, which was still in the early stages of conceptualization. Then in 1986, preparations were formally advanced for the creation of an air museum at Dover AFB. At the same time, the C-47A "Turf and Sport Special" also underwent restoration, having been rejected by many other museums as "beyond salvage." The then Dover AFB Museum was officially recognized by the U.S. Air Force in 1995, moved from three hangars in the main area of the base to its present location in Hangar 1301 in June 1996, and its name was changed to "Air Mobility Command Museum" in February 1997.[2] Hangar 1301 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its significance as the site of the US Army Air Force's rocket test center, and was restored in the 1990s. The facility encloses over 20,000 square feet of aircraft display gallery plus 1,300 square feet of exhibit rooms. Additionally, an attached 6,400 square foot building houses a theater, museum store, exhibit workshop, and various offices. The surrounding 100,000 square feet of outdoor ramp space allows for a closer inspection of the remaining aircraft in the collection.[4]

Airlift historyEdit

Dover Air Force Base was originally built as a civilian airport that was modified for military use as a result of Public Law 812, which funded local governments to build airports in response to the outbreak of hostilities in Europe and Asia in 1939-40. Ten days after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the War Department employed its emergency powers to lease Dover Municipal Airfield for the entirety of World War II. The air field would serve primarily as a base for anti-submarine operations, fighter pilot training, and aerial rocket testing and development. In September 1946, after the end of the war, Dover Army Airfield was placed in "inactive" status. Following the creation of the U.S. Air Force as a separate service entity, the Airfield became Dover Air Force Base on January 13, 1948. Beginning in 1952, the primary mission of DAFB focused on military airlift due to the strategic location of the base on the Eastern Seaboard, and the base was designated as a permanent U.S. Air Force installation on December 22, 1953.[3] During the Military Air Transport Service's existence from 1948 to 1965, a number of aircraft were utilized, such as the C-46, C-47, C-54, C-74 Globemaster, C-97 Stratofreighter, C-118, C-121, C-124, C-130, C-131, C-133, KC-135, and the C-141. Many are on display at the AMCM. The Military Airlift Command was another major command of the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1992. During this time, the Air Force was involved in such conflicts as the Vietnam War, Cold War, Desert Shield and Desert Storm, as well as humanitarian efforts including Operation Provide Comfort and the relief of former USSR satellite nations following its dissolution. Many of the aircraft in the museum's collection are from this era. Air Mobility Command, the current major command, was established June 1, 1992, and has been in existence ever since.[5] Several aircraft from this period are in the museum's collection, including the C-141, C-9, and the C-130. Operational aircraft such as the C-5M and the C-17A that launch from the active side of Dover Air Force Base are visible from the museum as well.

Collections and exhibitsEdit

Aircraft collectionEdit

The Air Mobility Command Museum is home to a number of significant vintage aircraft from a variety of eras and major commands. Additionally, the AMC Museum houses a complete set of all significant Lockheed air lifters used by the Air Force and Army since World War II.[6]

Attack aircraftEdit

BombersEdit

 
One of the last functional B-17s on display at the AMC Museum in Dover, Delaware.
  • Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 44-83624 – Painted as "Sleepy Time Gal", serial number 2-107112.[8][failed verification] It is the only remaining aircraft from the 1948 Flying Bomb Project and was the last B-17 to drop bombs when it was used in comparison with more modern bombers.[9]

Cargo/Tanker aircraftEdit

 
One of the first C-9C Nightingale on display at the AMC Museum in Dover, Delaware.
 
The last of the 50 C-133s on display at the AMC Museum in Dover, Delaware.
 
The first C-141A Starlifter built; on display at the AMC Museum in Dover, Delaware.

FightersEdit

GlidersEdit

HelicoptersEdit

TrainersEdit

Utility aircraftEdit

Other exhibits and attractionsEdit

 
The exhibit air control tower on display at the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover, Delaware. The tower stood about 103 feet tall when in operation, but currently stands 39 feet high at the museum.

In addition to the aircraft and non-aircraft collections, the museum has a few other notable attractions. These include a flight simulator, commemoration park outside the museum building, and the retired control tower cab, which served as Dover AFB's control tower from 1956 to 2009.[41][42]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Contact Us". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b Cacicia, Zachary (December 10, 2014). "AMC Museum: It all Started with One Wrecked Plane". United States Air Force. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Wiggins, Kennard R., Jr. "Dover AFB History". Delaware Military History. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  4. ^ "Building 1301, Dover Air Force Base". National Park Service. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  5. ^ "History of the 436th Airlift Wing: The 'Eagle' Wing and Dover Air Force Base: Dover, Delaware" (PDF). Dover Air Force Base. p. 12. Archived from the original (pdf) on September 23, 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  6. ^ "Air Mobility Museum displays Lockheed C-60 airlifter". Cape Gazette. 12 June 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  7. ^ "A-26C Invader". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  8. ^ "B-17G Flying Fortress". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h "First, Last, and Only". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  10. ^ "C-7A Caribou". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  11. ^ "C-9A/C Nightingale". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  12. ^ "C-45G Expeditor". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  13. ^ "C-47A Skytrain". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  14. ^ "C-54M Skymaster". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  15. ^ "C-119G Flying Boxcar". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Airframe Dossier - Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar, s/n 22118 RCAF, c/n 10870, c/r NR3559". Aerial Visuals. AerialVisuals.ca. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  17. ^ "C-121C Super Constellation". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  18. ^ "Airframe Dossier - Lockheed L-1049E/01-55 Super Constellation, c/n 4557, c/r N1005C". Aerial Visuals. AerialVisuals.ca. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  19. ^ "C-123K Provider". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  20. ^ "C-124A Globemaster II". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  21. ^ "C-130E Hercules". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  22. ^ "C-131D Samaritan". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  23. ^ "C-133B Cargomaster". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  24. ^ "C-141A Starlifter". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  25. ^ "C-141B Starlifter". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  26. ^ "C-5A Galaxy". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  27. ^ "KC-97L Stratotanker". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  28. ^ "KC-135E Stratotanker". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  29. ^ "VC-9C". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  30. ^ "F-101B Voodoo". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  31. ^ "F-106A Delta Dart". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  32. ^ "CG-4A". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  33. ^ "Laister-Kauffman TG-4A". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  34. ^ "HH-43B Huskie". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  35. ^ "UH-1N Iroquois (Huey)". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  36. ^ "BT-13 Valiant". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  37. ^ "T-33A Shooting Star". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  38. ^ "PT-17 Kaydet". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  39. ^ "Airframe Dossier - Stearman-Boeing PT-17 Kaydet". Aerial Visuals. AerialVisuals.ca. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  40. ^ "U-3A "Blue Canoe"". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  41. ^ "At the Museum". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  42. ^ "Dover AFB Control Tower". Air Mobility Command Museum. AMC Museum Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.

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