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“Veterans Day Service”

Air Mobility Command Museum
Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Dover
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located on the Dover Air Force Base, this museum showcases the history of military aviation through exhibits and a sizeable collection of planes that have been used throughout history.
Reviewed November 12, 2012

We have been to the museum several times before, but this was our first visit to pay our respects to the Veterans of the various armed forces of the US. The museum itself starts upon entrance with a wonderful display of photo's and stories of many Medal of Honor recipients. You then move past the store in to the main hanger where there is a C47 and B17 in all their glory. Sadly you cannot climb in to them but they are very much opened up for easy viewing. There are several other aircraft and helicopters inside with various displays of things such as cockpit simulators, and uniforms through the ages around the edges of the main hanger. Outside there are many transport planes laid out with access to several. On this day Veterans and volunteers opened up most of the planes, and did mini tours through the planes. Most interesting to me was Airforce2, retired in 2011, a plane that transported many living presidents, first ladies and other foreign dignitaries. It was awesome to walk through the plane, imagining so many important people who have travelled on this plane.
Overall an excellent museum, that provides education, some interesting planes that many will not have heard of, and some tales from the Veterans and volunteers that are purely their unique experiences. I would highly recommend you make time to visit soon.

Thank Paul D
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

I visited the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover, DE, and I was highly impressed. Admission is free, parking is free and they are staffed with very knowledgeable volunteers who provide free guided tours and even personal instruction on their flight simulators. I was instructed by a former pilot, showing me on the flight simulator, how to take off and land one of the actual airplanes featured at the museum, which was very interesting and gave me an appreciation of the extensive knowledge and training required to be a pilot. They also have a jet fighter cockpit, used for training pilots, which is an exact replica of a real jet fighter cockpit in every detail, that you can actually sit inside of, allowing you to see and feel what a fighter pilot sees and feels inside the cockpit. The knowledgeable volunteers happily explain what all the multitude of instruments inside the cockpit are for, and you realize that, amazingly, the pilot does actually need that many instruments. They have an array of different actual retired aircraft on site, including a former Air Force Two jet (for vice presidents), which was occasionally also used as an Air Force One, that was just retired in 2011. Also, some of the aircraft are open, allowing you to actually walk through them. You can see and touch what actual soldiers have seen and touched on these real aircraft which have seen real action, and imagine what the soldiers must have felt as they were aboard these planes, sometimes travelling into harm's way during conflicts. The museum also features walls upon walls of military memorbilia and historic artifacts, and even a movie theater, showing short informational movies, as well as an actual control tower with guided tours. Overall, my visit to the museum left me with a clearer understanding of our nation's Air Force, both past and present, and a deeper sense of patriotism and feeling of respect for the members of our nation's armed forces. I highly recommend a visit.

Thank Tom H
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Took my son here when he was 4 and he loved it. The staff are always friendly, informative and helpful. Good variety of aircraft for a relatively small base museum.

Thank Jason S
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

Very impressed with the staff and their willingness to teach even a fifty year old some history. The best thing about the aircraft on display is that many of them are open to visitors, which is rare for a museum. The aircraft are nicely cared for and restored. They look as though they could be in the air at a moment's notice. Pleas make a donation to help keep this very important part of Air Force history alive. Take a look at their web site for more information.

Thank vnick1
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

The Air Mobility Command Museum was a great attraction to see while we were in Dover for the NASCAR race. The displays were very informational, the guides (whom are are volunteers) were very knowledgeable and brought a few stories, which really made the museum great. The C-5 exhibit had not yet arrived at the museum, but not to worry because I will be going back down to see it when it is finished. All of the planes outside the facility were fantastic, and you can actually go inside them which is why I gave this attraction a 5 star rating. Most places only let you view the planes from the exterior, which is always impressive, but the inside of these planes really give you a sense of how the aircraft comes together. I would definitely suggest this museum to everyone who appreciates our great country. An added attraction is that the
museum is free. Please donate to the museum because it is great place to better learn and understand our history.

Thank Daniel V
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