Growing up as a kid I was always fond of museums and still am today. Museums shed light on the past, the past I have grown to enjoy learning about. Maybe it was sitting around my grandparents and hearing their stories about coming to America from Italy, or hearing stories from my father when he served in Vietnam that got me so interested in learning about the past. I do know one thing though, before I entered the military back in 1999, my parents took me to Dover AFB in Delaware where a small Air Mobility Command Museum stood.
Fast forward to July 2nd, 2011, and I am once again back to Dover AFB, and back to the Air Mobility Command Museum. Returning to this museum brought back memories, because this was before I was old enough to sign papers to join the military. This was also the first time I was on an active Air Force Base, so watching the C-5 and C-141 aircraft taking off and landing immediately influenced my thoughts more about joining. Being able to be up close to aircraft of the past and present gave me a whole new perspective of where I want to be once I graduated from High School.
Although Dover AMC Museum may not be the biggest Air Force museum around, it still highlights the sacrifices that so many have made for this country. Walking into the massive hanger gives any visitor a sense of stepping back into time. From the oldies playing in the speakers, to the old war birds (C-47a and B-17g) meeting you at the entrance, the AMC Museum was created to give you the history of Airlift and Air Refueling, and that it does. Walking around the museum are volunteers (also Veterans themselves), who are right there ready to answer any questions you may have. The museum is full with displays, giving the visitor a history of missions conducted by the squadrons that called Dover their home, to even sound recordings of past veterans telling their stories of battle. Go beyond the hanger and you will find yourself surrounded by a fleet of past and present aircraft, from the Vietnam era UH-1 Huey to the C-141 Starlifter.
The AMC Museum at Dover AFB is a museum not to be overlooked. The people who walk the grounds ready to share their stories and share information about the history of Air Mobility Command are the reason why this great little museum continues to attract visitors and continues to grow. The next time your around Delaware, take a swing out to the AMC Museum, because not only will you learn about the history of the men and women of past AMC, but you’ll learn about what our men and women from AMC are doing today, overseas in Afghanistan and all over the world.
Special Thanks to the men and women who volunteer to keep this museum up and running. Many have already dedicated their time serving their country and now serve to keep the history alive of Air Mobility Command.
Be sure to check out the Air Mobility Command Musuem website & You Tube channel