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 Civilian Airfields 1929-Present

The Story of KC-97 52-2718
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B-47E Stratojet Bomber
(98th/307th Bombardment

KC-97G Stratotanker
(98th/307th Air-Refueling

Atlas-F Intercontinental
Ballistic Missile

(551st Strategic Missile

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: December 23, 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.

 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)

Updated the Aircraft Incident page
I changed the site format, namely to make it a little more screen-friendly but there are a few errors in the pages I'll be correcting over the next few weeks.

Also wanted to update a link to a great Lincoln AFB site at
This guy is doing a great job and has much more on Lincoln AAF than I do, check it out!

SAC's confusing organizational details at Lincoln AFB
"Last Missions" page up, substantial updates to 551st SMS page

307th Bomb Wing Veteran Pete Todd, Air Force Academy Graduate and 307th Bomb Wing Association President passes away Feburary 23rd 2013 - Col. Todd will be greatly missed, his was an important reason the history of Lincoln AFB lives on. I was able to meet him once during the 307th reunion last year.  (Posted March 19th, 2013)

Base Commander Col. Joseph McLachlan, Bill Brooks and Dave Albanese photos
Col. Perry Nuhn and Jack Geist page added - Jan 9, 2011
A history of Arnold Heights including Arnold Elementary and Tanker Hill - Jan 5, 2011
A Newspaper article about this website from January 1st's Lincoln Journal-Star (Posted 1/1/11)
307th Bomb Wing activated as a reserve B-52 wing at Barksdale AFB in early 2011(Posted 11/29/10)

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

Strategic Air Command 
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!
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)
Facebook:    Lincoln AFB Online Museum

Facebook Group: Lincoln AFB

Yahoo Group      Lincoln AFB Group
Contact Me at LAFB@lincolnafb.org
Note: Due to time constraints I might not be able to reply immediately!