During the 1950s and 1960s, the city of Lincoln, Nebraska was at the very forefront of the Cold War. Its airport activated during World War II as an Army Air Field before closing in 1945 only to be brought back to life as one of America's most important nuclear bomber bases by 1955.________________________________________________________________________________________
A fleet of B-47 Stratojet bombers crowded the now empty Air Park West tarmac awaiting the call to attack. Its KC-97 tankers stood by to support the aerial might of the U.S. Air Force. By 1962 it had also possessed an arsenal of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles which stood on alert ready to fire at a moment's notice. The U.S. Army itself watched over the base and the city with its powerful Nike-Hercules Surface-to-Air missiles.
In 1964 the call came to end operations at Lincoln Air Force Base and it closed in June 1966. 25 Years later the Cold War itself ended. In the end the base had succeeded in its mission of preventing another cataclysmic world war.
An Atlas-F missile out of its silo during a "propellent loading exercise"
- An interesting fact about the Atlas is that its internal fuel and oxygen tanks gave the missile much of its ridgid shape, meaning the missile could not stand upright on its own (the metal skin was no thicker than a dime in some places, this was done to save weight). During this exercise, the missile's internal liquid oxygen tank was filled with a non-volitile nitrogen gas to maintain its shape, but in order to fire liquid oxygen was pumped in which readied the missile for firing. This was a dangerous task -Photo from siloworld.net
Col. Clifford James Moore, Jr., 98th Vice-Wing Commander salutes the last B-47 to serve at Lincoln on December 7th, 1965
(Photo by Jim Dunlap)
A look at the Lincoln flightline about 1963, note base operations on the far left near the tower, fire station #1 near left center,
the 307th hangar on the far right and the lines of barracks in the background - Photo by James Dunlap
Our Mission Statement:
To preserve the history of the former Lincoln Air Force Base located in Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.A. from 1954 to 1966 along with its veterans and workers through research, documentation and education.
To preserve the history of the former Lincoln Army Air Field, the 6th Missile Battalion/43rd Artillery U.S. Army, the Nebraska Air National Guard and the overall Cold War history of the Lincoln, Nebraska area.
With the retirement of the "A History of the Former Lincoln Air Force Base" website, we're currently in the process of constructing
a new, better site dedicated to the veterans and civilians alike who served at the former
Lincoln Air Force Base.
Stay Tuned for new updates and construction!
Webmaster's Note December 5th, 2010
(What the museum has and what we would like to preserve)