A Brief History          

Units of Lincoln Air Force Base

Present Day Virtual Tour

Lincoln Air Force Base in the Media

Lincoln's Fire Crews - 818th CES fire units

Lincoln's Civilian Airfields 1929-Present

The Story of KC-97 52-2718

Some neat personal photos of the base are found here

Some more here!
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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

Re-activated from its days as a World War II Army Airfield in 1952, Lincoln Air Force Base largely symbolized the rise of the Strategic Air Command as a massive American deterrent force until its decline in the mid 1960s. Operating at the height of the Cold War, it operated at least 100 B-47 bombers, 30 KC-97 tankers, 12 Atlas-F ICBMs and was ringed by a 24 Nike-Hercules SAMs.

 During 1962, Lincoln bombers and its Atlas-F missiles stood at the ready with the advent of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1966 the base closed without firing a shot in anger and later became Lincoln's Air Park and Arnold Heights neighborhood

 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
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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


  • Website Officially Created: September 7th, 2009
  • History page established: September 8th, 2009
  • Unit/Tour/Links/Contact Pages established: September 9th, 2009
  • 98th/307th Bomb Wing/Links Pages established and updated: September 10th, 2009
  • Building Database Construction Progressed: September 11th, 2009
  • 818thAD/818thCSG/551stSMS Pages established: September 12th, 2009
  • Links added/Building Database Construction Progressed: September 17th, 2009
  • E-mail link added/Domain Name established http://www.lincolnafb.org September 18th, 2009
  • Air Guard/Army/Building Database construction: September 26th, 2009
  • Chronology page established October 2nd, 2009
  • Building Database Updated, Nearby bases added October 30th, 2009
  • Building Database Updated, Bunker Complex, B-47 page added December 22nd, 2009
  • Building Database Updated, Atlas-F section added, flightline page added December 23rd, 2009
  • Webmaster's Note published December 28th, 2009
  • Cold War Nebraska site officially created: February 12th, 2010
  • 551st page updated, news posted, general updates: February 27th, 2010
  • 551st page updated (Nebraska City, Palmyra, Tecumseh), LI-01 Nike site pages established (IFC/Launcher)
  • Bomber Alert page added: March 28th, 2010
  • Reunion notice added May 4th, 2010
  • Lincoln Airfields page established May 11th, 2010
  • World War II Chapel photos posted June 6th, 2010
  • KC-97 Special Page posted June 20th, 2010
  • KC-97 Page posted October 7th, 2010
  • Corrections, Bldg 1120 added to database, YouTube B-47/KC-97 videos added to pages November 3rd, 2010
  • Support Aircraft page created (preliminary) November 3rd, 2010
  • 98th FMS , 4362nd PACCS and updates page created November 5th, 2010
  • Lincoln AFB Closure page created November 28th, 2010
  • Updates, Changes to Closure, Berlin KC-97 and Unit Listing on November 29th, 2010
  • LincolnAFB.org domain now reserved through October 2012 November 29th, 2010
  • Added physical Lincoln AFB museum collection and request page in Webmaster's notes December 5th, 2010
  • Ken Fisher photos/veterans page added December 5th, 2010
  • Added picture December 10th, 2010
  • 818th IS/CES page added December 11th, 2010
  • 818th Air Police/CDS page added, Dave Albanese stories added December 12th, 2010
  • 818th Fire crews page added December 14th, 2010
  • KC-97 Squadron pages (307th and 98th) now established December 15th, 2010
  • Minor Improvements December 17th, 2010
  • The Bomb at Lincoln page activated December 18th, 2010
  • 818th CDS page update/Nebraska City Atlas-F page update December 20th, 2010
  • Buildings 1134, 1136, 1138, 1150 and 1152 added to building database December 23rd, 2010
  • Nebraska Aviation Museum proposal December 27th, 2010
  • Some Improvements December 29th, 2010
  • Minor Improvements December 31st, 2010
  • Newspaper Article post January 1st, 2011
  • Air National Guard Page updates January 3rd, 2011
  • Update Jan 2, 2011 - Due to increased interest from visitors, watch for new sections devoted to the Arnold Heights housing area and Huskerville in the coming weeks
  • Update Jan 3, 2011 - Will break 5,000 visitors to this site since September 2009, thanks all!
  • Arnold Heights Housing History posted January 5th, 2011
  • Col. Perry Nuhn page added January 9th, 2011
  • Three veteran pages added/updated January 30th, 2011
  • Minor corrections March 6, 2011
  • Created Media Page May 30,2011
  • Photo update September 11, 2011
  • Quick Update October 25, 2011
  • Last B-53 9MT bomb dismantled November 2011
  • Front page updated January 16, 2012
  • High-Alt Building Page Added April 29, 2012
  • Minor Changes January 16, 2013
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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