A Brief History          

Units of Lincoln Air Force Base

Present Day Virtual Tour

Lincoln Air Force Base in the media


Last Missions: The fates of Lincoln's aircraft and missiles


Housing the Men: A short history about barracks at Lincoln


Lincoln's Fire Crews - 818th CES fire units

Lincoln's Civilian Airfields 1929-Present

The Story of KC-97 52-2718
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B-47E Stratojet Bomber
(98th/307th Bombardment Wings)
KC-97G Stratotanker
(98th/307th Air-Refueling Squadrons)
Atlas-F Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
(551st Strategic Missile Squadron)
Nike-Hercules Surface-To-Air Missile (U.S. Army)
(6th Missile Battalion/43rd Artillery)
Support Aircraft
(Lincoln AFB Base Flight)

Welcome to the

Lincoln Air Force Base Online Museum

Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.A.
Updated: September 27, 2014
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.


"All Our Aircraft Are Missing" Now Available Online!

A big thanks to Nebraska Educational Television for posting All Our Aircraft Are Missing. A 1965 30 minute documentary on thoughts about the closure of Lincoln Air Force Base. A big shout out to Jeff Schwebke as well for his contribution. Its finally online!

View It Here (a new link is also set up in the media section)
 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)

The Lincoln Air Force Base Online Museum - Mobile Exhibit
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:

Primary Role:
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.

Secondary Role:

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. 

An Atlas-F Missile passing the Nebraska State Capitol on its way to a silo in Eastern Nebraska

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)

Veteran's Stories/Photographs
    (James Villa photos added 3/3/10)
    (Ken Fisher photos added 12/5/10)
    (Dave Albanese 818th CDS stories added 12/12/10)
    (Perry Nuhn 98th Bomb Wing story added 1/9/11)
    (Jack Geist RAF Brize Norton USAF story added 1/9/11)
    (Joseph McLachlan Base Commander added 1/30/11)
    (Bill Brooks 307th A&E added 1/30/11)
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