Open Cockpit Day - 2018

Open Cockpit Day

Event Date: Multiple dates, check below
Location: Air Mobility Command Museum
Address: 1301 Heritage Rd, Dover AFB, DE 19902

The Air Mobility Command Museum is starting its 2019 Open Cockpit Day on Saturday, April 20. This event is repeated every third Saturday of the month through October.

Open Cockpit Day provides the public full access to many of the museum’s aircraft from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. if weather permits and tour guides are available. Tour guides are stationed in the open aircraft to describe the history of the planes and their missions. They are often retired crew members of these airplanes so their descriptions are from personal experience and bring the aircraft to life for visitors.


April 20th, May 18th, June 15th, July 20th, August 17th, September 21st, October 19th

Additional Information

For more information please email Johnny Taylor, Director. You may request a tour of an aircraft on a day other than Open Cockpit Day by emailing Paul George, Tour Scheduler. (Aircraft that may not be toured: A-26, B-17, C-45, CG-4A, HH-43, F-101, F-106, TG-4, BT-13, PT-17, and T-33)


  • I agree with Mr Watson
    I was a navigator at McGuire from 76-80 and would love to see the “real” 141 one more time.

  • My wife and I are interested in attending Open Cockpit Day on the 20th.
    I’m an Air Force vet who served during the Korean War, but have no health problems. Any chance we can join you on the 20th?

  • Dover Air Fore Base Museum is a real gem. Our friends from NJ & my wife & I enjoyed a wonderful day. The staff was friendly & very informative. The former crew men gave us a history lesson & the planes were fabulous. They are true heroes & made me proud to be an American.

  • Hi, I am curious as to what weather conditions must be present for open cockpit day to occur, as I am planning on stopping by this Saturday.

    • Hi Colin,

      For our outside aircraft, typically weather that’s comfortable for our tour guides to work in. This being below 90° (which is when our aircraft are closed, as it becomes 104° or higher inside) and sprinkling.

  • Michael Benjamin

    My wife & I spent about 6 hrs over 2 days at the museum last summer and loved every minute. The guides were excellent and the facility was very accessible. Besides the outstanding aircraft to see and explorer, we especially remember the Medal of Honor passageway. I am USN (Ret) and I work with the Boy Scouts here in central Pennsylvania. Currently our Venture Crew is setting up to visit. They will have a blast!

  • Just wondering if the C-141A is open on Open Cockpit Day? I think I read somewhere only the B model was open. Flew out of Dover with the 20 MAS for several years…1969 – 1971.

    • The C-141A is not opened during Open Cockpit Day. The C-141B is always opened and is wheelchair accessible for self-guided tours, as long as the weather cooperates.

  • Francisco Silvia

    As a former Aircraft Instrument, Autopilot and Navigation repairmen (42250) I read some comments requesting to see aircraft not on the Open Cockpit list.
    Why not photograph all the restored aircraft cockpits and post them on this website. It would be a popular web page to visit especially by those visitors who may be disabled or unable to enter cockpits of these historic planes.

    I was fortunate being in a career field that assigned me to work on many types of aircraft in the USAF inventory. At Dover I was every day or night in and out of C124s and C133s.

    The ladder climb to a C124 cockpit is a challenge, dangerous and restricted or prohibited . Visitors should be able to see the business office of these aircraft where our flying crews flew these aircraft.

    • We’re currently updating our aircraft photos and are in the process of reuploading several of our other photos, including restoration process pictures. Please stay tuned.

  • My son and I recently visited The Air mobility Command Museum. We found it very interesting. The history was fascinating and to see the planes in person really added to the experience. The volunteers were very helpful and informative. I would recommend this museum to anyone especially if you are an American. It is something to be proud of.

  • Hello for sometime now I’ve been trying to find the best place to take my kids to see military aircraft takeoff and land through out the day is Dover the best place since I live in pa. Or can u recommend a better place. Thank you

    • Dover AFB has both C-5M Super Galaxies and C-17 Globemaster IIIs stationed here. Unfortunately, due to these being military aircraft it’s hard to know the frequency at which they’ll come and go.

      We’d like to think Dover is the best place, especially when visiting the AMC Museum, as you get to see a wide range of military cargo aircraft on the ground when waiting for the activity in the air. 🙂

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Seasonal Event

Open Cockpit Day
April-October—Every third Saturday

On every third Saturday of the month, between April and October, the museum opens up some of its more impressive planes for guided tours. These aircraft will be opened to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. if weather permits and tour guides are available.