|The F-101B Voodoo became the principle aircraft of the 98th Fighter Interceptor |
Squadron stationed at Dover Air Force Base in the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s.
|The C-5A Galaxy. Photo courtesy the Air Mobility Command Museum.|
On 24 October 1974, the Air Force successfully conducted an Air Mobile Feasibility Test when C-5A Galaxy 69-0014 (this aircraft!) air dropped an 86,000-lb Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) from 20,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean.
|Inside the behemoth C-5A Galaxy|
The C-5 entered operational service in 1970 and has been a vital asset in every military operation since that time including Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom. But this amazing plane also has a softer side: it has been instrumental in humanitarian relief efforts around the world, including Hurricane Katrina, and tsunami and earthquake relief.
|The C-133 Cargomaster served as an air transport for America’s large missiles.|
To me, some of the styling of it reflects its design in the 1950s.
|Inside the C-133 Cargomaster lurks a bright red firetruck!|
Every third Saturday of the month through October are Open Cockpit Days, which provide full access to many of the museum’s aircraft 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (if weather permits and tour guides are available). Tour guides stationed in the open aircraft will describe the history of the planes and their missions; what's really cool is that the tour guides -- all volunteers, by the way, are often retired crew members of these airplanes, so their descriptions are from personal experience and bring the aircraft to life for visitors.
|The cockpit of the C-133 Cargomaster.|
Know before you go: If you go up and into the airplanes, wear sneakers or appropriate footwear -- flip flops or open healed shoes, I learned by real-life experience, are dangerous when climbing into the cockpits of some of the planes. Other than beneath the wings of the planes, there is no shade where the planes are parked, so wear hats and put on sun block.
|The PT-17 Kaydet biplane trainer, which was produced between 1933 and 1947.|
Getting there: 1301 Heritage Rd, Dover AFB, DE 19902
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.