By Maj. Meghan Smith , 439th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 27, 2019
Members of the public, and Airmen, pose for a photo in front of a C-5M Super Galaxy during a tour, Westover Air Reserve Base, June 26, 2019. This event was the first of Westover’s new monthly, public tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Pedretti)
Westover Air Reserve Base now offers public tours on the final Wednesday of each month during the spring, summer, and fall.
“We’re excited to offer the public an opportunity to visit Westover, learn about our mission, and get to know the Reserve Citizen Airmen who make it all possible,” said Tech. Sgt. Shane Phipps, 439th public affairs superintendent.
The tour events will vary based on weather and mission requirements but may include demonstrations from various organizations on base, such as fire and Explosive Ordnance Disposal. The public will also have the opportunity to tour the inside of a C-5, the largest U.S. military aircraft.
During the C-5 tour, participants will visit the cargo hold, passenger area and flight deck, and can ask questions of aircrew members and maintenance personnel.
“Talking to the public and teaching them about the aircraft and our mission is my favorite part of the tour,” said Capt. Ryan Manning, 439th Airlift Wing C-5 pilot.
While on the flight line and in the aircraft, tour participants are required to follow certain safety procedures.
“Touring the C-5 is exciting and educational. To ensure everyone’s safety, tour participation is limited to those age six and older. Also, no rings, hats, open-toed shoes, or skirts are allowed in the aircraft,” said Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Roule, 439th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Flight Chief.
Tours are open to individuals, families, and organized groups but are limited to no more than 15 from a single organization. To accommodate transportation requirements and ensure individual attention to each participant, the monthly tours are limited to 40 guests. Advanced registration is required and all adult participants are subject to a background check before base access is granted.
Due to hazardous conditions, tours are not offered during the winter months. Tours are subject to cancellation at any time.
For more information and to sign up for a tour, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.