AMC Museum, Dover AFB, DE

The AMC Museum (Air Mobility Command) is one of our favorite museums. We have visited there several times over the years.

Mike Leister is the museum’s director and one heck of a nice guy. The museum is open from 9AM to 4PM Tuesdays through Sunday. They are closed on Mondays and federal holidays.

Admission and parking are free. Entrance to the museum is off Route 9 and is located south of Dover AFB, DE. And please visit their gift shop while you are there. For more information visit the AMC website.

Though the museum is most noted for the cargo and passenger side of the Air Force, combat aircraft are on display including this B-17G (44-83624) Flying Fortress named 'Sleepy Time Gal'.

It is the sole survivor of the 1948 Flying Bomb Project. The objective was to take obsolete combat aircraft, fill them with high explosives, and enable them to be radio controlled from aircraft like the B-17. This particular aircraft was the only one converted to a control platform designated the MB-17G.

As it sits on display, it is painted in the markings of the 381st Bomb Group.

Photo by Horace Sagnor.

Two jet fighters are on display. Top photo is an F-101B Voodoo (59-0428) painted in 98th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS) markings. The 98th FIS was stationed at Dover AFB from 1956-1968.

Bottom photo shows an F-106 Delta Dart (59-0023) in 95th FIS markings. The 95th was stationed at Dover in 1963-1973.

Voodoo photo by Horace Sagnor.

Here are before and after photos of our favorite airliner of all time - the Lockheed Constellation, or as it is affectionately called, the Connie.

This L-1049E aircraft never served with the Air Force. It once flew with Capital International Airways and was later converted to a restaurant in Penndel, PA. Yes, a restaurant. The tail marking, 40315, is fictitious.

The volunteers at the AMC Museum put forth a lot and blood, sweat, and tears to restore this aircraft. Not only has the outside been repainted in MATS (Military Air Transport Service) colors, but the interior has been reupholstered and painted as well.

The paint was still wet when we there so we could not get into the cockpit. Gives us another reason to go back and visit.

One item that is not correct is the nose, which the museum is desperately looking for. Any body know where one is?

This Douglas C-133B Cargomaster (59-0536) once belonged to the SAC museum in Omaha, NE. Only 50 C-133s were built.

The Cargomaster was designed to carry large diameter objects like the Titan, Atlas, and Minuteman missiles. This is one of the reasons it was built so low to the ground.

This C-124A Globemaster II (49-0258) is the oldest one on display in the world, and is the only A-model on display. A total of 448 Globemaster IIs were built.

The AMC museum did a great job of overhauling their C-124. When we first saw it, it had no tail and the inside was atrocious. The volunteers at AMC did an outstanding job of renovation.

Two versions of the C-141 Starlifter are on display at the museum. Top photo shows the C-141A (61-2775) while the bottom photo is the stretched version, the C-141B (64-0626).

C-141A photo by Horace Sagnor.

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