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Tower of Power
The new (old) air traffic control tower at the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover will raise visitors’ experiences to new heights.
You can hear the excitement in Mike Leister’s voice when he talks about the history of the old air traffic control tower at Dover Air Force Base.
After all, the 55-year-old tower presided over myriad comings and goings of aircraft and visitors, from refugees of the 1956 Hungarian uprising to a handful of U.S. presidents.
But Leister, director of the base’s Air Mobility Command Museum, also gets excited when he thinks about the tower’s future. That’s because the structure, replaced by a state-of-the art tower, will soon provide visitors with a bird’s-eye view of the museum’s impressive collection of vintage aircraft.
“You can also see planes take off and land on the base’s runways,” Leister says. “And it’ll be the best seat in the house for air shows.”
While the floor of the old tower soared 84 feet above the runway, the cab of that structure will be placed on a new tower just 34 feet off the ground. It will hold 15 people and eventually feature an anemometer, recorded air traffic chatter and a chance to make live radio calls to museum staff.
Dover’s tower is one of just three in the United States that is open to the general public. The other two are at the National Air and Space Museum near Dulles International Airport and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton, Ohio.
“That’s pretty good for Dover, Delaware, to have the giant company of those museums,” Leister says. “It’s really a wonderful piece of history and a significant addition to the museum from now on.” For more, visit amcmuseum.org. —Drew Ostroski