Dover Air Force Base in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
— S/N 51-11795 —
The museum's C-45 was the first obtained by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
The C-45 is the military version of the popular Beechcraft Model 18 commercial light transport. Beech built a total of 4,526 of these aircraft for the Army Air Forces between 1939 and 1945.
The museum's C-45 was manufactured as an AT-11 during WWII and was rebuilt into a C-45G in 1953. After serving at various air force bases until 1958, it was dropped from the USAF inventory.
From 1960 to 1975, it was stationed throughout Southeast Asia and flew humanitarian airlift missions in Laos hauling supplies and refugees.
In 1964, it moved to Saigon and transported agents and supplies to remote airfields. After several accidents during this period, including an inflight collision, it was used temporarily for spare parts in Bangkok, Thailand. Its final assignment was Tainan, Taiwan, and it was then donated to the U.S. Marine Corps Museum. In 1988 the AMC Museum recovered the plane from a Marine storage lot and restored it to its 1950s appearance.
Location. 39° 7.013′ N, 75° 27.379′ W. Marker is in Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker can be reached from Heritage Road 0.7 miles west of Bayside Drive (Delaware Route 9), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1301 Heritage Road, Dover AFB DE 19902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. C-60 (a few steps from this marker); LGM-30 (a few steps from this marker); U-3A (within shouting distance of this marker); C-5A (within shouting distance of this marker); KB-50J (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); KC-135E (about 300 feet away); AN/GPN-20 Airport Surveillance Radar (about 300 feet away); C-121C (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover Air Force Base.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 4 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on November 13, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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