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75 Years Young!

In early March 1944, a C-47 transport aircraft came off the production line of the Douglas Aircraft Company’s plant in Oklahoma City. After inspection testing it was accepted by the Army Air Force and assigned serial number 42–92841. As was the practice, aircraft were referred to by the last three digits of its number, 841.

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Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Quick Overview of Events

  • May 3rd (Friday), Museum Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • C-47 Skytrain, That’s All, Brother, will be open to the public
    • Museum static display aircraft will be open
  • May 4th (Saturday), Museum Hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Aircraft fly-by’s: C-47 Skytrain, That’s All, Brother, C-130 Hercules, C-17 Globemaster III, and a C-5M Super Galaxy
    • C-47 Skytrain, That’s All, Brother, will be open to the public
    • Museum static display aircraft will be open
    • Drop Zone Normandy Mission Briefs in the main hangar
    • Two former D-Day veteran paratroopers who jumped out of the museum’s C-47 Skytrain will be in attendance
    • Reenactors camp
    • A 1940s swing dance with music performed by the Smooth Sound Big Band

The Air Mobility Command Museum would like to announce a Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. We are paying tribute to those who served, their sacrifices, and the history.

A historic WWII C-47 Skytrain, That’s All, Brother (TAB), will be participating and visiting the AMC Museum on its way over to Normandy. TAB, the lead C-47 of the 800 aircraft that dropped two American airborne divisions into France, will be available for visitors to see up close on the Dover Air Force Base (DAFB) south ramp via the museum. There will be many historical presentations and reenactors on the D-Day operations throughout the day, and a swing dance with 1940s music performed by the Smooth Sound Big Band from Milford Delaware following the days exciting ground and air events. One significant highlight will be the planned presence of two paratroopers who jumped from the AMC Museum C-47 ‘Turf and Sport Special’ on that ‘Day of Days.’

All events will be held at the AMC Museum (directions) and are free to the public with gates opening at 9 a.m.

Unique D-Day and museum items will be available in our gift store.

Food will be available for purchase throughout the day from a variety of vendors.

Parking at the museum is limited. Military ID card holders are requested to enter DAFB, park at the motorcycle training lot, and walk to the museum through the south ramp open area.

Please contact the Museum Operations Manager, Michael Hurlburt at 302-677-3855 or email operationsmanager@amcmuseum.org with any questions.

Events are subject to change.

A special thank you to the 436 Airlift Wing and the AMC Museum Foundation for supporting the AMC Museum’s efforts in Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. 

 

Q & A
  • Why May 4th when D-Day was June 6th?
    • May 4th was the best time available for both That’s All, Brother and Dover Air Force Base.

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)

This photo of the museum’s C-47 Skytrain, Turf & Sport Special, taken later during Market-Garden, shows how tight the formations were flown during combat missions. The shadow in the lower right hand corner is the windshield wiper on the pilot’s side of the cockpit of the photographer’s airplane.

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… )