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Old Jan 31, 2012, 4:12 PM   #1
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A Douglas C-54 Skymaster, this aircraft was the first official "Air Force One" put into use in 1944 for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It's parked on static display (or standing "guard") in front of the main hangar doors to the USAF Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover, Delaware. The Department of the Interior placed the hangar on the National Register of Historic Places in the mid 1990's.


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Old Feb 6, 2012, 12:02 AM   #2
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A tad offbeat interpretation of "Doors". Certainly unique and historic.
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It works for me! I wonder if in addition to the doors we can see for human traffic, if there are also doors on that hanger for the airplanes. I can't really tell.
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The reminds me of three interesting places to visit:
1. Boeing Museum in Seattle
2. Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon
3. Tillamook Aviation Museum in Tillamook on the Oregon Coast.

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vsch1 - those larger doors are exactly what I was going for in the theme of "doors". The larger hangar doors will slide to the left and right in order to open the whole front of the building for easy access for towed aircraft. Here's another snippet of info taken from the register's website info:

Constructed in 1944, Hangar 1301 served as the headquarters and engineering facility for the 4146th Base Unit from 1944 to 1946. Highly secret testing and development work was done here on air-launched rocket weapons. Aircraft used in testing ranged from P-47 Thunderbolts to four-engine bombers including B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators. Even single engine light planes were outfitted with multiple rocket launchers to test the feasibility of providing additional firepower for all types of aircraft.



The main hangar was used to house aircraft that were being fitted with various types of rocket launchers. The attached building was used as the machine shop to build and modify weapon systems, and the small structure nearby was the heating plant. Hangar 1301 is now the home of the Air Mobility Command Museum. The original concrete ramp now serves as the outside display park of the museum. The hangar complex was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

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Old Feb 6, 2012, 10:28 PM   #6
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I'd like to visit your air museum, it looks similar to only other one I've been to, Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona. Does your museum have any relatively modern aircraft? The one in Arizona has an SR-71, which is a very cool-looking aircraft!
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They are primarily cargo aircraft and their assorted support equipment. Nothing as flashy as an SR-71 Blackbird (which was/is an incredible machine!), but still plenty of historical aircraft that have helped move people and cargo around the world over the years. People generally associate the cargo and troop movements as "war" related, but more often than not they are humanitarian in nature. Such as delivering much needed food, water, and medical supplies in the aftermath of hurricanes, tsunami, drought, and most recently refugees under duress from political/military dictatorships.

I think the most recent aircraft in the permanent inventory is a C-141 Starlifter as they were finally decommissioned in 2006. Often though the air base will park a C-5 or C-17 adjacent to the museum's main parking pad for visitors to see. Also, the museum's location is just off of one of the two runways so you're almost guaranteed to see planes coming and going right in front of you - great picture opportunities

A day at the museum

I added a link to a couple of pictures from inside the museum - and a shot of a C-5 playing around just over the museum's fence!

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