Aircraft Bench Fundraiser

Is Your Name on the Bench?

The AMC Museum Foundation is starting a unique fundraising campaign.

For a $100 donation to the AMC Museum Foundation “Bench Program” you can get your name on a plaque on the bench of your choice. We’ll also recognize you in the museum’s quarterly newsletter, Hangar Digest, and on our website.

They’ll be placed on the ramp near their respective aircraft to complement the static displays, and, as often as possible, they’ll be placed where visitors can rest in some shade. These 8-foot-long benches are high-quality plastic-coated rolled steel with cast aluminum legs. Weighing in at nearly 250 pounds each, we shouldn’t need to move them, even for the occasional Delaware hurricane.

Learn more and be a part of our aircraft bench program by clicking here!

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George Shenkle sits with re-enactors, who are depicting World War II-era paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division, inside a C-47A Skytrain April 18, 2015, at the Air Mobility Command Museum near Dover Air Force Base, Del. Shenkle is sitting in the same seat position on the very aircraft that he jumped out of on D-Day, June 6, 1944, over Normandy, France. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Zachary Cacicia)

Jumping into History

“Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.”

These remarks made by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, prior to the launch of the Allied invasion of Normandy, still carry weight to this day for one of the soldiers he was addressing, the now 93-year-old George Shenkle.

Seventy-one years after jumping into Nazi-occupied France and history, with eyes of the world set upon him and his comrades-in-arms, Shenkle, formerly of Easy Company, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, reunited with the very C-47A Skytrain that he jumped out of April 18, 2015, at the Air Mobility Command Museum near Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. ( Continue Reading… )

New Gate at AMC Museum

New Gate at the AMC Museum

If you drive Route 9, you’ll have noticed the museum’s new gate being built. On April 7th, the new gate was officially opened at a dedication ceremony. The gate’s brick wall and metal gate construction is not only more attractive but is also more secure. On a pedestal overlooking Route 9 is a Cessna T-37 Tweet, the USAF’s primary pilot training aircraft for over 52 years. ( Continue Reading… )

Museum shares story of service

Museum volunteer shares story of service

It was January 1945, the Battle of the Bulge was coming to an end and 21 year old Lt. Donald Clark found himself piloting a C-47A Skytrain over the Western Front. Its cargo bay, loaded with gasoline and ammunition, was on its way to Lt. Gen. George Patton’s 3rd U.S. Army and its tanks, as they began their push into Germany.

Flash-forward 70 years; you will not find Clark, who is now 91 years old, flying C-47s. You will, however, find him most Wednesdays at the Air Mobility Command Museum educating and sharing his stories with younger generations. ( Continue Reading… )

KC-10 Refueling over Afghanistan

Aircrew from the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing performed aerial refueling with the KC-10 Extender an advanced aerial tanker and cargo aircraft in support of combat operations over Afghanistan on April 2, 2014 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Receivers included one KC-10 Extender, two F-16 Fighting Falcons, and two A-10 Thunderbolts. ( Continue Reading… )