DO NOT MAIL ANYTHING TO THE PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF THE MUSUEM.
MAIL ALL ITEMS TO
LORING AIR MUSEUM
101 NOYES RD
CARIBOU MAINE 04736
MAKE ALL CHECKS TO LAM
PLEASE SIGN YOUR CHECK!
We have no ATM on site and are strictly cash or check. Come prepared for that please. Nearest ATM is Caribou Or Limestone.
PAYPAL AND VENMO WILL NO LONGER BE USED THANKS TO CHANGES BY THOSE TWO VENDORS.
POST EVENT - ALL ITEMS FROM THE OPEN HOUSE WILL BE ON SALE. YOU WILL PAY THE SHIPPING AND COST.
Loring Sentry Dog Cemtery
Our Military Dog Cemetery as you can see is in bad shape. It was first taken out by a micro burst but this winter has really ruined the rest of it.
We are in the process of getting a fence company to fix it up. We are doing a fundraiser to earn the funds for the fence company to do it or us.
We need your help! We want to continue to honor the dogs of Loring AFB. These dogs were not pets, they were breed to help secure the base and what was held on it.
Here is the link for the new shirt for that campaign. The shirts are only running for
WE ARE OPENING FOR THE SEASON THE
WEEKEND OF JUNE 2 AND 3.
WINTER IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
REMINDER FOR WINTER IS IT IS COLD IN THERE, BE READY AND WEAR APPROPRIATE CLOTHING.
SUMMER HOURS ARE NOW BY WEEKENDS
WEEKDAYS ARE ONLY IF A VOLUNTEER IS AVAILABLE. PLEASE UNDERSTAND WE CAN NOT ALWAYS LET YOU IN.
STORE HAS NO ATM OR TAKE CARDS, CASH ONLY OR CHECK.
. Call Cuppy Johndro for appointment if on a weekday. Remember it is only if we can get the help to open up.
Try and plan a weekend trip if you can.
COMING IN THE WINTER, BRING A WARM JACKET THE HEAT IS SET AT 55 DEGREES.
When we all started at Loring many of us either loved or hated Loring. We gave our lives to the base when we were there. We gave our time when we were there, volunteered, worked hard and played harder.
Sitting back after 10+ years of being with the Museum I can say this. We have gotten more from all of you with support then we could have ever asked for.
You've supported our sales, our BBQ's our open houses, brownie sales and so much more. We have gotten from you friendship, pride of a job well done and income to support our museum.
We did this to bring a home to the things that should be housed right here on good old Loring!! We can't thank you all enough for all you have done for us!
We hope to be here for years to come. When you are in the area, stop in and join us, and watch for updates on things happening.
We value the friends we made then, and we value them even more now!
OUR CENTER DOES NOT KEEP RECORDS ON PEOPLE THAT SERVED AT LORING AFB.
WE DO NOT KNOW WHO SERVED WHAT YEARS, AND WE HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING THAT. THE USAF HAS THAT IN RECORDS, BUT YOU WOULD HAVE TO SUBMIT FOR EACH PERSON'S RECORDS AND HAVE A REASON TO USE THEM.
SORRY WE CAN'T HELP YOU TRACK DOWN PEOPLE NOR DO WE KNOW WHO FATHERED WHAT CHILD AND WHERE THEY LIVED. SORRY, BUT WE WISH YOU LUCK IN TRACKING
DOWN YOUR BIRTH PARENT.
IF YOU NEED RECORDS TRY THE
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
ST. LOUIS MISSOURI.
INTERESTED IN A LIFE MEMBERSHIP
YOU CAN DO THAT BY CONTACTING US AND PAYING $100.
YOU WILL GET YOUR NAME ON A PLAQUE AT THE MUSEUM, EMAILS AND YOUR NAME LISTED HERE.
YOUR MONEY FOR BEING A LIFE MEMBER GOES TOWARD NEW DISPLAYS, PRODUCTS, BILLS, HEAT, ELECTRIC AND MORE.
SUPPORT OUR ENDEAVORS AND HAVE YOUR NAME PUT ON OUR BOARD TODAY!
This is the back of the shirt that we are having done for the fundraiser. It is a great representation of the Loring Cemetery and yes we know that the word Cemetery is spelled wrong. The original Dog Cemetery had it spelled wrong and we have decided to keep with that for authenticity. So Cemetary it is. God Bless our Loring Military working Dogs.
Front Left of the shirt. K-9 Dogs Rock!
Due to no WIFI we will only be accepting Cash for any purchases made at the museum during our event and any other time.
Paypal, Venmo and other marketing have changed their rules and we will not be accepting any form of money except cash.
Please know the nearest cash machine is in Limestone or Caribou.
BENEVITY COMMUNITY IMPACT FUND
RIVERS EDGE VARIETY FORT FAIRFIELD
3080TH AVIATION DEPOT GROUP AND THE CARIBOU AIR FORCE STATION VETERANS
THE JADE PALACE RESTAURANT, IN CARIBOU
CUSTOM CAR WASH
42ND COMPTROLLERS (CPTS)
DAAQUAM LUMBER MAINE INC.
PAUL CYR PHOTOGRAPH
DAN KURPASKA AND CREW
IN MEMORY OF JAMES E. HODDE JR.
IN MEMORY OF MSGT DOUGLAS PLENGE FORMER SPS
IN MEMORY OF CMSGT WILLIAM "BILL" BEIL
IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM "OZZIE" OSSENFORT
IN MEMORY OF REGINALD "REGGIE" OUILLETTE
BILLIE MARTIN LOGGING
MR. LEONARD WHITE
PATTY AND DAVID BINGHAM
THE GASKIN FAMILY
IN HONOR OF MSGT KIRK SHIRAR
NANCY AND GLENN HOEL
MAPLE LEAF EQUINE SANCTUARY
IN MEMORY OF CPL. EUGENE ALWARD, KOREAN WAR COMBAT VETERAN (PUPLE HEART)
DOMINIC AND OWEN ANDRETTA
GRACE AND SAWYER BORTZ
IN MEMORY OF MSGT GEORGE L. JAMES
MARS HILL IGA
MARS HILL PHARMACY
HOME TOWN FUELS
IN MEMORY OF PAUL J. HANSON JR.
IN MEMORY OF LT. COL. ROBERT C. SMITH
NOT AT A LEVEL BUT A DONATION JUST THE SAME.... WE THANK YOU TOO.
IF YOUR INTERESTED IN BEING A SPONSOR, MAIL A CHECK TO LORING AIR MUSEUM 101 NOYES RD, CARIBOU MAINE 04736.
WE WILL FILL OUT THE FORM FOR YOU!
THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE THAT STEPPED UP TO SPONSOR US. MORE SPONSORS ARE BEING ADDED EVERY DAY!
THANK YOU TO THE BARKSDALE AFB ACTIVE AND RESERVE GUYS COMING TO TOUCH DOWN A BUFF! WE TOTALLY APPRECIATE YOU!!
BOYZ GONE WILD PLAYED AND WE ALL HAD A GREAT TIME!! ONE OF A KIND DANCE HELD IN FRONT OF THE NOSE OF THE B52. WHAT A BACKDROP FOR A BAND TO PLAY TO!! THANKS TO RIVERS EDGE VARIETY FOR BEING OUR BBQ AND BAR FOR THE EVENING!!
FLY OVER HAPPENED AT LORING ON FRIDAY AND WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!! WAS A NICE CROWD THAT TURNED OUT FOR IT!
WE HAD TOURS, FOOD, CRAFTS, USAF RECRUITER ON SITE, FOREST SERVICE, ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, WARDEN SERVICE AND MUCH MORE. THE TURN OUT WAS BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS.
A KC135 FROM THE MAINE AIR NATIONAL GUARD WAS ON HAND TO FLY OVER AND SHOW OFF. FOLLOWED BY THE FOREST SERVICE WATER DROP ON THE RUNWAY. BOTH WERE A GREAT SUCESS AND TALKED ABOUT FOR MONTHS!
THANKS TO MR. JIM ALWARD FOR DOING THE TOURS AROUND THE BASE. THOSE THAT ATTENDED HAD A GREAT TIME. JIM GAVE GREAT COMMENTARY AND MANY WERE MORE INFORMED THEN BEFORE THEY HAD LEFT.
SUNDAY THEY DROVE TO THE WEAPONS AREA. MEET UP WAS AT THE MUSEUM AT 1115AM. TOUR LEAD BY JC. GARBINSKI, AUTHOR OF NORTH RIVER DEPOT. THE LINE OF CARS WAS INCREDIBLE AND MR. GARBINSKI ANSWERED ALL THE QUESTIONS AND MORE. VIDEO OF THE TOUR IS ONLINE AT: BE SURE TO SHARE THAT LINK WITH THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW IT. THANKS JC!
PETER NODDIN DID A PRESENTATION IN THE GARAGE AREA AT THE MUSEUM ABOUT ONE OF THE ACCIDENTS AT LORING. PETER IS A AN AIRPLANE ARCHEOLOGIST AND HE HAD A FULL HOUSE BACK THERE. EVERYONE WAS THRILLED WITH HIS PRESENTATION. THANK YOU PETER!
A SCAVENGER HUNT WAS HELD AT THE BASE WITH AN ENTRY FEE OF $20. THOSE THAT WENT SEARCHING FOR THE CLUES SAID IT WAS A GOOD HUNT, AND TOOK THEM IN MANY AREAS AND NONE WERE INSIDE THE BUILDINGS. MR. RON READY WON THE HUNT WITH HIS FAMILY!! WAY TO GO SIR!
Loring is a place near and dear to our hearts. Many loved Loring and loved the times they had and shared at Loring. It was a city within itself. A place were people made life long friends, where they lived and worked, cried and laughed. It was also a place people hated due to its extreme temperatures, the northern tier area in which it was housed and because it was so rural. This reason made Loring that much better due to its outdoor activities and the snow, it really depended on who you were and your lifestyle. That truly was what determined whether you loved Loring AFB, or hated it.
But ultimately, Loring is a place that even today, draws people back from all across America. They come to share it with their family, their friends and to reminisce on what was once the height of their lives and careers. Cold or not, frozen or eaten by bugs, we loved Loring!
WELCOME BACK TO LORING A.F.B., MAINE, ENJOY OUR PAGE.
"Loring relics and the remains of Loring, stand as a constant reminder of what the world once endured and the constant need for vigilance always. Having people on stand by waiting on the world to see what the next operation, or war was a thankless job. Never knowing, if the next klaxton alert would be for an exercise, or for a real world operational mission, kept us on our "A" game."
"Loring proved that it was possible to scramble fighters, or bombers, and have ready re-fuelers, pilots and crews within reach at a moments notice. Loring was a city, within a city. A hospital, BX, commissary, bowling alleys and so much more. This is one of the reasons that our Center is in existence.
When military people share a common bond, a camaraderie like no other, we tend to be a tight knit group, that backs each other up, and come together for the mission, for each other and for our families.
"Families at Loring lived side by side in very close proximity, and shared their lives together.
Many became friends for years some a lifetime. Kids grew up together and were military brats together. They played together and were on sports teams, they had the youth center and teen center to enjoy and the countless activities both on Loring and in the local area."
"This is some of the reasons I am so proud to have lived, worked, and served at Loring AFB. I am proud of the legacy we left, the time we shared and the gift of life long friends. Since we have moved back, I've been proud to be part of The Loring Military Heritage Center. I love to hear the stories, and see the look on faces of a family when they see their family members staring back at them in a book or photo, or just to see their name in a book, or flier.
"I've seen old veterans breakdown at the sight of themselves at 19 or 20 in a photo. I've seen children say that is the biggest smile my Dad ever wore. It is a very emotional and very moving experience. The tears shed are of pride, honor and of what their lives were.
Thank you for sharing your stories and lives with all of us, it is our pleasure to serve you"
Cuppy Johndro, Loring Veteran 1987-1991, Loring wife 1991-1994
My wife & I went in 2014--on a Sunday in September---Bill Ossenfort came from his home to let us in. This is me waiting at the door --looking in. When we went inside it was pretty emotional for me because i hadn't been back to Loring in 44 years. I was stationed there for 4 years--1969-1973. Bill told us the Klaxon had just been wired up that week. Bill set it off while i was looking at the bomber area articles collected over time. Damned if i wasn't back on Bomber Alert in 1972!!! All I could think about were the people & friends I made // worked for//room mates . The best time of my life---if I could only turn the clock back. We were both Mainers--born there--moved 2 years ago. I miss Loring.
A flood of emotions and memories! Things you look at bring back memories you had forgotten for years 1976 -1980 E/C animals
My wife and I visited in August of 2020. I had a flood of emotions walking through the door. The memories of times and places and the people came rushing back, our mission and dedication to that and the brotherhood it created!! I was overwhelmed with how small the building is, but how many displays where there! When we walked out my wife looked at me and said “ I had no idea what you have gone thru all those years ago! It is a must see place
My first thoughts were, and still are, thank you all for your service.
A small group of volunteers came together to start what was known at the Loring Military Heritage Center. The sole purpose was to build a place to maintain the many artifacts that were being collected and the ones we knew would find a home with us. To preserve the history of this once great and historic base.
We met at the Wildlife Refuge at first till we were able to secure what was the bank at Loring AFB. Prior to us being it, it was a beauty salon. We would have to gut the building and when we did that it took a lot of time and effort. A crew was needed to gut it and add what is now the partitions that separate the areas and give us more wall space.
We had some that were good at one thing, while others were good at another. We voted in officers and we met monthly. We worked several time a week with a good amount of people most nights to get the work done. Several were already beginning the work of labeling and numbering the incoming display items.
As time went on we needed more space and the need for an addition was necessary. We got grants and were able to put up a wonderfully large garage and showroom with a breeze way that helped connect the two for winter. This came along well too but the ground work and the cement sat over the winter due to winter emerging quickly that year.
As spring and summer came we were able to put up the walls, and trusses and close it in. Then the real work of putting up the inner walls and displays began. Over time we have been able to move things around to better display items. We never turn down items and many will say if you have it, raffle off mine to make money for the museum for fuel or bills.
We are very fortunate to have the following we have because if we did not we would not survive. We started in the early days of flipping burgers and selling hot dogs to meet our needs. We also did a yearly Brownie ala Mode sale that went well for many years. As time went on we were able to find ways to support our museum through what we call SWAG. Items for sale that people were interested in or looking for. Hats, Tee Shirts, mugs, license plates, signs and more. Its is this that has put us where we are today. It is the constant Open houses and the sales that keep our doors open. We are grateful for the help and the wonderful support.
We love our customers, so feel free to visit us at the museum!!
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