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AMC Museum: A Sight for Soar Eyes

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There may have been a time when the Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover Air Force Base could be called one of Delaware’s hidden gems. No longer. In 2014, the 29-year-old museum topped 100,000 visitors for the first time. And no wonder. The only museum in the country dedicated to airlift and air refueling history, its exhibits include the gigantic C-5A and a VC-9C that served as Air Force Two for Vice Presidents Mondale, Bush, Quayle, Gore and Cheney. A more recent arrival, according to museum director Mike Leister, is an Antonov An-2, a Soviet mass-produced, single-engine biplane. The addition of a rare World War II-era C-60 transport plane last fall gave the museum the distinction of owning a complete set of every Lockheed airlifter built since WWII. Leister says the AMC is the only museum in the world to boast such a collection. He emphasizes that the museum is free and family friendly, with interactive exhibits. “Families can even step inside the intake of a C-5A engine, which is 8½ feet in diameter, and take a selfie,” he says. (www.amcmuseum.org)

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