Taking a little time for myself, I spent a couple of hours, camera in hand, at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum in Ashland, NE. Having served in the USAF for over 11 years with a growing enjoyment of history I always find these types of museums to be interesting.
The roles and forces which have comprised the Strategic Air Command (SAC) have evolved over the years as the worlds’ political and military environment have changed. Major points in its’ history include:
- Established as Continental Air Forces on 13 December 1944;
- Redesignated: Strategic Air Command on 21 March 1946;
- Replaced as a specified command by a new unified combatant command, United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), on 1 June 1992; concurrently disestablished as a USAF major command (MAJCOM) same date; and
- SAC’s USAF MAJCOM role was re-activated and re-designated as Air Force Global Strike Command in 2009.
SAC’s central headquarters complex is located at nearby Offutt AFB, NE. Its lineage gets complicated and those who might want to dig deeper may do so here.
For photographers these types of museums are both a dream and a nightmare. As a dream, there are so many interesting details just steps apart that you can totally get lost in the photographic process. I’ll post a few of the details I noticed and captured a little later on.
As for the nightmare, there are so many planes. And with large planes and displays packed into the available space with such poor lighting you struggle to get single shots of any specific plane. And there are always parts of other planes that show up in the background.
This particular museum is interesting and well worth seeing. However, I don’t believe it compares as well to the National Museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, northeast of Dayton, Ohio.