DOVER — At 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Air Mobility Command Museum will welcome a C-5A flown in by the Tennessee Air National Guard’s 164th Airlift Wing to its permanent retirement home.
The plane spent its early years, from 1973 to 1977, at Dover Air Force Base before being sent to bases across the country, from Oklahoma to Texas to California.
This C-5A was the first and only plane to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in flight. Although the test, done over the Pacific Ocean, was a success, the tactic was not pursued and the event remains a footnote in history.
After 42 very active years, the C-5A will officially retire in late October with a public ceremony in early November.
The plane won’t be available for tours until then, when it will become the only C-5 in the world accessible to the public.
The upcoming months will involve demilitarizing the plane to transform it from a functioning military plane to a museum piece.
Spectators are encouraged to visit the museum to view the plane’s final landing.
The museum is at 1301 Heritage Road, Dover Air Force Base.