Chat with a Hero—The Ray Firmani Story

The Air Mobility Command Museum is proud to host an exciting event on April 20, 2024, from 1:00 pm4:00 pm, in the main hangar. As part of our educational program we will be hosting a “Chat with a Hero”…The Ray Firmani Story. He was a B-17 pilot with the 486th Heavy Bombardment Group of the “Mighty Eighth” Air Force during WWII. He will be at the museum to share his life experiences with us.

A first-generation Italian-American who became the head of his household at an early age, Ray met every challenge life offered. Enlisting in the Army, he earned his wings. “Against All Odds” is an incredible true story of combat, love and heroism in World War II. The book tells of Ray’s life through his boyhood years, his military training, and him earning his pilot’s wings. It also describes Ray’s 25 harrowing combat missions, and his extraordinary heroism which resulted in his being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Please join us for this rare experience of listening to, and talking with, a true hero from WWII.

The AMC Museum is open 9am4pm WednesdaySunday. There is no fee or tickets required for admission or parking.

Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award

The Air Mobility Command Museum has once again been awarded the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award, honoring the Travelers’ Choice, Best of the Best, representing the most exceptional, highest-rated properties around the world. These businesses are among the top 10% of all listings on Tripadvisor. The award singles out not just popular choices, but truly exceptional ones that travelers keep coming back for and is the highest honor Tripadvisor can bestow. Based on millions of reviews and opinions from travelers from around the world, this annual award recognizes the very best tourism establishments in terms of service, quality, customer satisfaction and more, across a range of categories. This is proof that we have a world class museum right here in Dover, Delaware.

The award is a testament to our amazing Museum Team. “Special” is over 100 dedicated volunteers that provide thousands of hours restoring history, provide educational tours and outreach, sell a souvenir in our gift store, modernize our research library, schedule military ceremonies, keep the museum in tip-top shape, and perform many other duties for everyone to enjoy the museum.

This would also not be possible without you, our fabulous visitors from across the globe taking the time to review and comment on your experience while visiting the Air Mobility Command Museum.

On behalf of the entire Museum Staff, thank you to all who have helped make this possible, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

C-119B Flying Boxcar Restoration Progress Report

The C-119B Flying Boxcar was assigned to the 314th Troop Carrier Group stationed at Ashia AB, Japan flying direct combat support missions during the Korean War. It is the second oldest C-119 in existence and it is the only surviving aircraft from the operation that air-dropped mobile bridge sections to Marines during the “Chosin Reservoir” rescue mission. The museum restoration team is currently in the process of getting the aircraft prepared for exterior painting and restoring the inside instrument configurations. The C-119 is on schedule to be painted this summer and later in the year the museum will dedicate this historic aircraft and its accomplishments to the Korean War Veterans.

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