Dover Air Force Base 

Brig. Gen. Kennard R. Wiggins Jr., (DE ANG Ret.)
 

For my third book, I chose to write about Dover Air Force Base. With the help of a friend and neighbor, Van Templeton, we made a regular pilgrimage to the Air Mobility Museum where we were permitted to scan images from their extensive collections. I learned a lot about the very interesting history of this base and town that I found fascinating.

 Dover Air Force Base is the largest aerial port in the United States and home to gigantic jet air transports that are lifelines for our modern military. It started as a municipal airport and has grown and expanded nearly continuously since opening a week after the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. Its saga is the story of the evolution of the U.S. Air Force from World War II to the present. The pictures in Images of Aviation: Dover Air Force Base represent the thousands of people who called Dover AFB their home, the hundreds of aircraft that have been assigned there, and the dozens of various missions assigned to the facility over the past seven decades. Over 200 vintage photographs from the archives of the Air Mobility Museum and other sources provide a sampling of the way it was at Dover Air Force Base through the years. 

 

Fun fact: Dover Air Force Base was home to a secret rocket testing facility during World War II for aircraft-mounted rockets.

 

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Dover Air Force Base Images

Selected sample images from "Dover Air Force Base". 

Kennard Wiggins

Writer and Artist

kennard.wiggins@gmail.com

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