The Air Mobility Command Museum is a part of the National Museum of the United States
Air Force's field
museum system. Air Mobility Command is a major command of the United States Air Force. Its mission is
to deliver maximum war-fighting and humanitarian effects for America through rapid and precise global
During WWII, the 4146 Base Unit was involved in secret rocket development at what was then known as Dover Army Airfield. The building complex where these military secret operations took place was Hangar 1301. From the 1950s to the 1970s, various fighter squadrons called the hangar home. In the 1990s after restoration and placement on the National Register of Historic Places, Hangar 1301 was given new life as the home of the Air Mobility Command Museum.
Aircraft assets of the command include: C-17 Globemaster III, C-5 Galaxy, C-130 Hercules, KC-135 Stratotanker, and KC-10 Extender. Additional long-range airlift aircraft are available during national emergencies through the Civil Reserve Air Fleet, a fleet of commercial aircraft committed to support the transportation of military forces and material in times of crisis.
The direct successor to the USAF Military Airlift Command, the emblem of Air Mobility Command retained the historic emblem of the Military Air Transport Service, established in 1948 as the first Department of Defense Unified Command. The heritage of Air Mobility Command also includes the air refueling heritage inherited from the historic Strategic Air Command.
I thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the museum. This is one of the few museums I have visited that allows visitors to actually go inside some of the aircraft. Going inside the C-130 and C-141 brought back special memories to me.
History of Air Mobility Command
Air Mobility Command (AMC), a Major Command (MAJCOM) of the U.S. Air Force, is today headquartered at Scott AFB, Illinois, just a few miles east of St. Louis. It was established on June 1, 1992 - formed from elements of the inactivated Military Airlift Command (MAC) and Strategic Air Command (SAC). AMC melded a worldwide airlift system (MAC) with a tanker force (SAC) that had been freed from its commitments by the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Air Mobility Command's mission is to provide global air mobility. The command also plays a crucial role in providing humanitarian support at home and around the world. AMC Airmen - active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and Civil Reserve Air Fleet - provide airlift and aerial refueling for all of the United States' armed forces. Many special duty and operational support aircraft and stateside aeromedical evacuation missions are also assigned to AMC.
U.S. forces must be able to provide a rapid, tailored response with a capability to intervene against a well-equipped foe, hit hard and terminate quickly. Rapid global mobility lies at the heart of U.S. strategy in this environment-without the capability to project forces, there is no conventional deterrent. As U.S. forces stationed overseas continue to decline, global interests remain, making the capabilities AMC can provide even more in demand.
Air Mobility Command also has the mission of establishing bare air bases in contingencies. To accomplish this mission, AMC established two Contingency Response Wings, and operates the Eagle Flag exercise.
In addition, AMC is the Air Force component of United States Transportation Command. It provides airlift, special missions, aerial refueling, and aeromedical evacuation for U.S. troops. It also provides alert aerial refueling aircraft to the United States Strategic Command, and is a provider of theater airlift, aerial refueling, and aeromedical evacuation forces to regional Unified Commands. AMC also operates VIP flights such as Air Force One and acts as the single manager, on behalf of United States Transportation Command, for Military Space Available Travel.
Museum is adjacent to Dover Air Force Base, DE
Tue - Sun 9 am - 4 pm
Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day
Air Mobility Command Museum
1301 Heritage Road
Dover, DE 19902