Open Cockpit Day

Event Date: Saturday, 20 May 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Air Mobility Command Museum
Address: 1301 Heritage Rd, Dover AFB, DE 19902

The Air Mobility Command Museum is starting its 2017 Open Cockpit Day on Saturday, March 18. This event is repeated every third Saturday of the month through November.

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.

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 (physically fit DVs only), C-45, CG-4A, HH-43, F-101, F-106, TG-4, BT-13, PT-17, and T-33)

11 Comments

  • 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 open for self-guided tours, as long as the weather cooperates, and it is wheelchair accessible.

  • 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. 🙂

  • My father is 91 and fairly mobile. He would love to see inside the B-17. Is there easy access if that plane is available to tour?

    • We’re sorry but the B-17 is not an aircraft that’s opened for Open Cockpit Day. Sometimes it’s possible to setup tours for former B-17 flight crew members. If you’d like to discuss it further, please email our director, Mike Leister.

    • Trish

      Check the Collingsfoundation.org web site.

      They will have their B17 in Pa ,Nj and in the eastern US

      They have open B17 tours where you can climb up in the plane or
      even take a ride.

      If your dad is a Army Air Corps vetern they might even give
      him a special tour of the plane.

      I really enjoy taking to the veterans of these planes, they have stories to tell.

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Seasonal Event

Open Cockpit Day
March-November—Every third Saturday

On every third Saturday of the month, between March and November, 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.