WORM Has Wings: Vintage Aircraft and Military Trappings at Denver's Air Museum

By Walter, Claire | Sunset, April 2002 | Go to article overview

WORM Has Wings: Vintage Aircraft and Military Trappings at Denver's Air Museum


Walter, Claire, Sunset


Dick Moore served in the U.S. Air Force on B-52s more than 40 years ago during the heyday of the Strategic Air Command. Back then he and his crewmates flew over Denver on simulated bombing runs, practicing electronic jamming of "enemy" radar and honing navigational skills. Recently Moore traveled from his home in Albuquerque to Denver's Wings over the Rockies Museum, not just to rekindle his affection for the old (but still useful--some are still seeing active duty in Afghanistan) workhorse but to reminisce about the storied aircraft's place in Denver's aviation history.

Located at the decommissioned Lowry Air Force Base, WORM (the museum is affectionately known by this acronym) is located in old Hangar No. 1, a vast, vaulted space-- 100,000 square feet--that dwarfs the more than 30 aircraft that have made their final landings here. A B-52 guards the entrance; inside is a colorful variety of civilian and military aircraft, from homebuilts to fighter planes, many that have a connection to Colorado.

From the old days, you'll see an Alexander Eaglerock biplane built in Colorado. An Apollo command module and a display of Titan IV missiles and launch vehicles represent the space age. You can look up into the bomb bay of a B1-A Lancer, walk into a model of a space station simulator, or peer inside a Piasecki H-21 helicopter.

One oddity is the Link Trainer, a little wooden box perched on a pivoting stand. …

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