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Another First State First: Walk Through a C-5

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Photos Courtesy of AMC Museum

An airplane that’s capable of holding six Greyhound buses in its cargo hold is an awesome sight to behold, and the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover is the only place in the world where the public can see it. The AMC museum opened the C-5 Galaxy to visitors in November 2013. The massive, decommissioned Air Force plane sits year-round on the tarmac at the museum. Beginning this month, the entire C-5—from cockpit to cargo hold—is open to visitors on the third Saturday of every month. The cargo hold, which houses a display on C-5s and a movie on this particular C-5, is open every Saturday. 

The AMC Museum is the country’s only museum dedicated to airlift and air refueling, says museum director Mike Leister. In addition to the 30 aircraft on display, the museum has exhibits on the Berlin Airlift, the Korean War, the Dover Air Force team and more. The museum’s air traffic control tower, added two years ago, allows visitors to watch aircraft take off and land at the adjacent Air Force base.

The AMC Museum is free and open to the public Tuesday through Sunday year-round (amcmuseum.org).

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