The Air Mobility Command Museum 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, located about 1/2 mile south of Dover Air Force Base. This aircraft became the first of many to be restored for display at the museum. Then in 1986, preparations were formally advanced for the creation of an air museum at DAFB, at the same time, the C-47A Turf and Sport Special also underwent restoration, having been rejected by many other museums as beyond salvage. Hangar 1301 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its significance as the site of the US Army Air Forces rocket test center, 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, the surrounding 100,000 square feet of outdoor ramp space allows for a closer inspection of the remaining aircraft in the collection. Ten days after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7,1941, the air field would serve primarily as a base for anti-submarine operations, fighter pilot training, and aerial rocket testing and development. After the war beginning in September 1946, 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. The Military Airlift Command was another Major Command of the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1992, many of the aircraft in the museums collection are from this era. The Air Mobility Command, the current Major Command, was established June 1,1992, 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 set of all significant Lockheed air lifters used by the Air Force. The First C-141A Starlifter Serial 61-2775 was the first of 284 C-141s built and this model was the first jet aircraft specifically designed to carry cargo, and this particular aircraft flew for the first time in December 17,1963. It is the only known four-engine jet aircraft used to tow a glider, the First C-9A Nightingale Serial 67-22584 was the first C-9 accepted for the Military Airlift Command. It also was the first American aircraft specifically designed for medical evacuation, the Last C-133B CargoMaster Built Serial 59-536 was the last of 50 C-133s built in 1961, which were retired ten years later to make way for the C-5A. It is the largest turbo-prop aircraft in the United States, powered by the largest turbo-prop engines ever built and it is also the only surviving veteran of the 1948 Flying Bomb Project. The First and Last KC-135E Stratotanker Serial 57-1507 was the first all-jet tanker assigned to the Air National Guard in April,1975, while assigned to the 108th Air Refueling Wing, New Jersey ANG it flew the last operational mission for any E model on July 14,2009. The Only Surviving C-54 M Skymaster Serial 44-9030 is the remaining aircraft of the M model. It served in the Pacific during World War II and was one of 38 aircraft specifically modified to haul coal during the Berlin Airlift, after being retired in 1973, it then served as a ground trainer at the FBI training academy in the Sky Marshal program
Aerial view of the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover, Delaware
One of the last functional B-17s on display at the AMC Museum in Dover, Delaware.
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.