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Why should you donate to our Annual Campaign? Your tax-deductible donation helps preserve our U.S. Air Force history and heritage and funds aircraft restoration, new exhibits, and educational programs.

We have two major restoration projects—the C-119B Flying Boxcar and the KB-50J Superfortress (pictured above)—and we’re obviously excited about both! As you’ve seen in recent Hangar Digests, our recently acquired C-119 is a Korean War hero, the only surviving plane that dropped portable bridge sections directly responsible for troops being able to survive the 1950 Chosin Reservoir Campaign. The KB-50’s add-on jets enabled it to refuel fighters, filling a huge void in air-refueling capabilities. Restoration of both planes is expected to be complete by late 2019.

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KB-50 Restoration Underway

KB-50J Superfortress Restoration Underway

The KB-50J Superfortress has arrived from MacDill AFB, Florida, transported by Worldwide Aircraft Recovery. The restoration crew have their work cut out for them after finding several areas of corrosion that will need to be treated before final assembly.

Below are several photos of the restoration crew hard at work.

We ask that visitors stay clear of the area where the KB-50 parts are lying as it’s considered a restoration construction zone.

Honoring Heritage: KB-50 has new home

Over the next few weeks, it will be hard to miss the careful disassembly of the KB-50J Superfortress and the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, from the Memorial Park at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

The KB-50J, especially, has a significant history as it is known as the oldest remaining tanker modified for air refueling and was delivered to the Air Force in December of 1950.

“The base commander of MacDill at the time, Col. Charles T. Ohlinger III, and the airpark committee had a vision to expand the park with aircraft to represent each era of the base’s history,” said Steven Ove, 6th Air Mobility Wing base historian. “Once the landscaping of the park was finished, the KB-50J found its way to MacDill in late 1995.” ( Continue Reading… )

2017 USA Today Voter's Choice - Best Delaware Attraction

USA Today 10 Best – Best Delaware Attraction

Thank you to our visitors and fans for voting us Delaware’s number one attraction for 2017 in USA Today’s 10BEST Readers’ Choice! With your continued support, we’ve made the museum a place for you, your friends and family to visit and learn about Air Force heritage and Air Mobility Command’s mission to support our military and those in need of humanitarian relief around the world.

Help us to stay Delaware’s number one attraction. Contribute to our Annual Campaign or visit our Support page. Thank you!