Mike Leister, director of the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover, will present a program at 10:30 a.m. July 2 at the Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. N, Dover.

Mike Leister, director of the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover, will present a program at 10:30 a.m. July 2 at the Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. N, Dover.

 The talk will be about the early years of the Dover Air Force Base.

In 1940, the City of Dover accepted an offer to build a federally funded airport. By December 1941, the airport had become Dover Army Airfield. From anti-submarine patrols in obsolete aircraft to secret rocket testing and fighter pilot training, the base flourished until it was closed in 1946. As the Korean War expanded the facility was reactivated and in 1953 it became an airlift base. Today Dover AFB is an indispensable part of the global transportation network.

 Leister has been the director of the Air Mobility Command Museum for 30 years. He has founded two aviation museums and the Delaware Museum Association. He serves as a senior mentor for museum professionals within the USAF Heritage Program and occasionally for the Small Museum Association where he received their first Lifetime Achievement Award.

Leister was a 2008 inductee into the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame.

The program is free. For information, call Tom Summers at 744-5047 or email thomas.summers@state.de.us.