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.

2018 Loaded for War

Loaded for War: American Railroads in WWII Exhibit

The Air Mobility Command Museum announces a new and exciting train exhibit displaying the importance of the American railway system during World War II. Nestled under the right wing of the historic C-47 aircraft “Turf and Sport Special,” you will find a two track rail system with an operating steam engine, diesel engine, army barracks layout and several other scaled structures depicting a typical railway system during that period. Also, a kiosk that plays videos demonstrating how American railroads supported U.S. combat efforts by developing the innovative technologies needed to achieve victory. They moved unprecedented numbers of troops and supplies, while introducing ironclad railcars capable of carrying big guns and artillery that later evolved into modern armored combat vehicles. From late 1941 to June 1945, American railroads carried nearly 44 million servicemen and women and in the war’s final years the United States averaged 2,500 troop trains monthly.

Please come out and see our new train exhibit Loaded for War: American Railroads in World War II. The exhibit will be on display until the end of March. We are in the process of upgrading the exhibit to depict more realism and tangible items during that specific time frame in history.

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… )