The Air & Space Museum in Denver is closed today, Friday, June 14. Plan your next visit. 

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Douglas B-18A Bolo

Douglas B-18A Bolo

The Douglas B-18 Bolo has a long history with Lowry Air Force Base and it is appropriate that Wings Over the Rockies displays one of the five remaining B-18s in the world.

Douglas Aircraft created the B-18 in response to a 1934 Army request for a new bomber that could carry twice the load at twice the range of its B-10. The Army chose the B-18 for production after the competing design from Boeing crashed. (That Boeing design would later become the legendary B-17 after Boeing added a new innovation that would have prevented the crash—the cockpit checklist… which has become standard equipment for all aircraft!)

Douglas gave its DC-2 airliner a deeper fuselage to house the bomb bay, extended the wings, and added nose and ventral gun turrets. The B-18 entered service with the Army in 1937, and a B-18 was the first airplane to land on the new concrete runways at Lowry Field in 1940.

When the United States entered World War II, B-18s were obsolete as front-line bombers, but the Army used B-18s to train bombardiers, navigators, and pilots. Later in the war, the US Army and Royal Canadian Air Force used them for anti-submarine patrol and as transports.

The B-18 Bolo on display at Wings has a colorful history. After training bombardiers during World War II, civilian owners used it as a cargo aircraft, aerial sprayer, and survey aircraft. In 1959 it was caught running guns to Fidel Castro for the Cuban revolution and confiscated by the US Border Patrol.

The National Museum of the US Air Force loaned the B-18 to Wings Over the Rockies in 1990, and our Restorations team has restored it to its prewar bomber configuration.

Aircraft specifications:
Wingspan: 89 ft 6 in (27.3 m)
Length: 57 ft 10 in (17.7 m)
Maximum speed: 216 mph (348 km/h)
Bomb load: 4,400 lb (1,996 kg)
Engines: two Wright R-1820-53 radial engines, 1,000 hp (746 kW) each

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Upcoming Events

Saturday Jun 15
9:30AM TO 12:30PM
Exploration of Flight (Centennial Airport)

Breakfast Fly-In

Breakfast Fly-In
Saturday, Jun 15, 2024 | 9:30AM to 12:30PM

Wings is moving our regularly scheduled Breakfast Fly-in to be held on June 15 (third Saturday) as we help support Centennial Airports’ first Runway 5K Race on June 1.

Plan to join us on June 15 at Exploration of Flight for a fly-in featuring planes, pilots and breakfast!

Enjoy breakfast from a local food truck, watch aircraft fly in and explore interactive exhibits and simulators. Join us at 11:00 a.m. for a presentation titled “High Altitude Physiology and it’s Impact on Pilots” by Dave Gissen. This presentation is eligible for WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program credit.

Pre-Purchase Tickets Here

Pilots – Fly in for free breakfast! For tie-down space, contact Flight@WingsMuseum.org or 303.360.5360 ext 160.

Food Truck: Cruz In & Eat

*Weather permitting. Aircraft on display are subject to change. 

Saturday Jun 15
10:30AM TO 12:30PM
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Comic Creator Workshop

Comic Creator Workshop
Saturday, Jun 15, 2024 | 10:30AM to 12:30PM

Unleash your creative side at this workshop celebrating the opening of our new Snoopy and the Red Baron exhibit! A docent will share insights about the exhibit and the power of Peanuts, and then you will learn how to draw your own comic strip.

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Limited spots available. Suggested age is 9+.

Sunday Jun 16
12:00PM TO 5:00PM
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Dad’s Free Day at the Museum

Dad’s Free Day at the Museum
Sunday, Jun 16, 2024 | 12:00PM to 5:00PM

Celebrate Father’s Day at Wings Over the Rockies! All dads will receive FREE admission at both Wings locations on Father’s Day.

Bring the whole family and explore captivating exhibits, see iconic aircraft, immersive displays and more. Create lasting memories with Dad as you explore the wonders of aviation and space! Family members are welcome to pre-purchase their tickets online. Dad’s free admission ticket will be available at check in.

Click here to learn about visiting our second location, Exploration of Flight, on Dad’s Free Day.

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