The Strategic Air Command (SAC) was established in 1946 as a major combat command for the United States Air Force. In 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower assigned the US nuclear deterrence program to SAC. For the duration of the Cold War, SAC became the base of operations for monitoring Soviet activity and the US strategic response. SAC officially stood down from this operation in 1992 as the Cold War officially ended. General Colin Powell attended the closing ceremony, commenting, “You never let us down. You were always prepared. You did your job well.”
The museum’s history goes back to 1959 when SAC Commander General Thomas Power issued an order to create and to preserve SAC history and an aircraft at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska. In 1996, exactly 50 years after the creation of SAC, officials broke ground on a new 300,000 square foot facility near Ashland, Nebraska.
Since 1958, we have become the authoritative museum for the region not only on Strategic Air Command and Aerospace (SAC) history, but for the Cold War as a whole. In addition to our exhibits, we are one of three aviation museums with our own restoration hangars. We also feature vast archives, and an on-site research library. The Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum has unique artifacts that will help you create a top-level project. Please call ahead to check on staff/library availability. You may reach Brian York, the museum’s curator (402) 944-3100 ext 206, or at email@example.com.
(402) 944-3100 ext. 206
Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Saturday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
Ages 4-12: $6
28210 W Park Highway
Ashland, NE 68003