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From 1937 to 1994, Lowry Air Force Base, located on the eastern edge of the city of Denver, served the nation and the surrounding community in many distinguished ways. The air base, primarily a technical training center, graduated more than 1.1 million enlisted members and officers in skills ranging from armament to photography, tremendously strengthening the country’s war efforts in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War. In addition, from the 1980’s, Lowry Air Force Base remained one of Colorado’s largest employers, with approximately 10,000 military and civilian men and women, providing an economic impact approaching $1 billion annually. Thus Lowry significantly contributed to maintaining the world’s largest air force and to promoting the accelerated growth of the Denver metro and Colorado.*

Transferred from the United States Air Force to a group of volunteers in 1994, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is located in Hangar 1 of the former Lowry Air Force Base in eastern Denver, Colorado. Today, the Museum includes more than 182,000 square feet of hangar space and 50 iconic aircraft dating from 1939 to 1990. The mission of Wings Over the Rockies is to inspire, educate and entertain the public about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present, and future. Visitors can experience thrilling flight simulators, discover our learning center, Wings Aerospace Academy and participate in dozens of exciting Museum sponsored events. We hope to see you soon!

Check out our Behind the Wings episode dedicated to the history of Lowry Air Force Base below. Click here to view the full episode collection.

*Taken from the writings of Images of America: Lowry Air Force Base – Jack Stokes Ballard, John Bond and George Paxton