Dear Friend of the
Fort Worth Aviation Museum,
On December 2, we’re joining a national day of generosity, #GivingTuesday.
It’s a day when you can make a big impact on our museum, our community and our
With your help, we’ll raise funds to bring our aviation heritage to more people
and preserve a special piece of our local aviation industry history.
If you make a gift online, we will earn matching funds from a private matching
gifts donor, making your support go even further.
Here's how you can help our community and your museum.
The aviation industry has had a profound impact on the
culture and economy of North Texas.
Did you know….
- Since 1941, over 68,000
aircraft have been manufactured in the Fort Worth area. Those aircraft
added over $1 trillion, in today’s money, to the local economy, and
that does not include the contributions made by the airlines, air freight
forwarders, aircraft maintenance operators, flight training schools and
other aviation-related businesses.
- Today, one in five jobs
in the Metroplex is aviation-related.
- Fort Worth is the global
headquarters for American Airlines.
- Lockheed Martin’s F-35
Joint-Strike Fighter, the most advanced jet fighter in the world, has
begun rolling off the assembly line in Fort Worth, along with
sophisticated military and civilian helicopters manufactured by Bell
But with all this, our North Texas aviation heritage is
disappearing and time is not on our side.
We in Fort Worth are rightly passionate about our heritage.
We embrace our western heritage at places like the Historic Stockyards, the
Cattle Raisers Museum and the National Cowgirl Museum. But aviation helped put Fort Worth on the
map, too—and in a big way!
For instance, Fort Worth….
- Was home to three US Army
Air Service flying fields in World War I,
- Was the third largest
domestic and international airmail processing center in the US,
- Was the headquarters for
the US Army Air Force’s Training Command in World War II, and
- Was the departure and
arrival point for the first non-stop flight around the world.
Our small Fort Worth Aviation Museum at Meacham Field houses
the only historical displays documenting a small portion of our area’s rich
aviation heritage. We are committed, however, to growing the museum to assure
all aspects of that heritage are preserved and showcased to educate and inspire
present and future generations. But to succeed at this goal, we need your
Recently, the museum was awarded a $50,000 matching funds
grant, but it can only be used with new funds received for two critically
important projects. Here’s how you
can help preserve Fort Worth’s rich aviation heritage and make it available
to a broader audience:
First: The museum has acquired an aging bookmobile. It can be converted into a mobile museum to
showcase Fort Worth’s aviation history at public venues and schools. Your tax-deductible contribution will allow
us to refurbish, modify, and take our heritage on the road to share it
with more people. Our goal is to raise $30,000 for this project. With the matching funds grant, we only need
to raise $15,000 to make this happen.
the1980s, General Dynamics helped develop a new stealth attack aircraft called
the A-12 “Avenger II” (nicknamed “The Flying Dorito”). That project was cancelled in 1991. All that
remains is a full-scale aircraft mockup on loan to the museum from the City of
Fort Worth. Since 1991, it has been stored out-of-doors and is
deteriorating. We need a shelter to
protect this one-of-a-kind artifact.
Your tax-deductible contribution will help preserve this significant
piece of aviation history for our community and future generations. Our goal is to raise $40,000 for a
shelter. With the matching funds grant,
we only need to raise $20,000 for this project.
Clock above to help with the A-12 Shelter.
In November 1963, in his last public speech, President
Kennedy remarked that Fort Worth was “… a great western city that believed in
the strength of this country…” He added,
“And in that great cause—as it did in World War II—Fort Worth will play its
proper part.” That was 51 years ago, and
we are still playing our part today.
One of our researchers recently commented, “Heritage not
shared is heritage lost.” Please help us
assure that doesn’t happen here. Join us
in preserving and sharing our rich aviation heritage to educate and inspire
present and future generations.
PS: We hope you will consider making a contribution of $100
or more to either or both of the above-described projects. Because of the matching funds grant, every
tax-deductible dollar you contribute will double in value to the museum, so you
can make a big difference with your generous contribution and your support will
be greatly appreciated. A contribution card and a self-addressed envelope are
enclosed for your use. Thank you very much.
Prefer to help in other ways, here are more options:
OV-10/FACM General Donation
Click on the left to help the OV-10 Bronco Association and FAC Museum or on the right to make a General Donation.
Thank you for your support.
Plan to Celebrate Veterans Day With Us
November 11th, 2014, we will be celebrating Veterans Day with a special
program for the whole community.
Starting at 1 PM, the museum
will be open free of admission for all veterans and their families. For
all others, admission will be $5 for adults, $1 for youngsters 6 to 16 and
families are $10.
We will have a free concert
at 2 PM and 3 PM under our dome conducted by, the Dynamic Swing Machine. Click here for a sample of their music. Dynamic Sound Machine.
truck will be on site for refreshments.
Some of our
aircraft will also have their cockpits open as an added attraction.
Come celebrate the freedom our vets
have provided for us and "Hug A Vet."
Home Again … Home
Again … Jiggity Jig
Travel Air 5000 circa 1931
We have been talking about the Travel Air 5000 that belonged
to National Air Transport and Amon Carter, Sr. for over three years now. The background of the airplane invented,
designed, and built by Clyde Cessna, Lloyd Stearman and Walter Beech is
becoming better known as is the story of Amon Carter, Sr.’s role in the
development of aviation here in North Texas.
What isn’t well known, is how this iconic airplane left Fort Worth and
has now returned, and the people who have been involved in this journey.
of the Travel Air started in 2010 when one of our museum historians was working
on a story about Amon Carter and his relationship with the City of Dallas. While researching his story, Don Pyeatt came
across the story of National Air Transport, the Travel Air, and Amon Cater and
pictures of the airplane at Shady Oaks Farm.
On a whim, Don looked up the registration number of the airplane, C3002
and realized the airplane had a current registration with a person in Hamilton,
Texas. With a little more research, Don
located the owner of the airplane, Harry Hansen, and learned that Mr. Hansen
had been restoring it for nearly 50 years.
Travel Air 5000 1963 @ Shady Oak Farm
summer of 2010 Don arranged a visit, and Don, Bill Guy and myself flew to
Hamilton to meet Harry. This would turn
out to be only the first of many visits to Hamilton.
first visit we learned that Harry had acquired the airplane from the Carter
family in 1963, after observing it on flights in and out of Meacham
Airport. He moved the airplane to
Hamilton and began a long slow process of restoring the aircraft over the next
turned out, Harry and I are both retired Continental Airlines Captains. Over the next year or so, my wife and I would
stop in to visit Harry and his wife Jackie when we traveled back and forth to
Austin to visit our son. We would
always talk about the Travel Air and the interest many people had to return it
to Fort Worth. During that year Harry
decided to downsize his restoration efforts and told us what he thought the
airplane was worth.
Travel Air 5000 2010 @ Hamilton
Fort Worth at the museum, Bill Morris, Ben Guttery and Don Pyeatt began putting
together the saga of the Travel Air.
Meanwhile, we also started to formulate a campaign to acquire the 5000
and return it to Fort Worth. With the
help of some marketing people in California, we developed a brochure and began
telling the story of the Travel Air and Mr. Carter to anyone who would
listen. We also began a campaign to raise
funds to acquire the airplane.
members of Morning Star Partners approached us about the airplane and its
connection to Mr. Carter. They were
involved in the restoration of the former Star-Telegram building and
establishing a new museum there to pay tribute to Mr. Carter. MorningStar
eventually purchased the airplane from Captain Hansen, chose Cowtown
Aerocrafters for the restoration, and moved the airplane to Justin, Texas.
summer, the small group of dedicated and talented people of Cowtown
Aerocrafters has painstakingly restored the Travel Air to near airworthy
condition. Every step of the restoration
process was researched in minute detail and faithfully and skillfully accomplished. This was not just another project for them, it
was a once in a lifetime opportunity and they took it seriously, spending over
3,000 hours in the restoration process.
Travel Air 5000 @ Justin, August 2, 2014
restoration the aircraft was carefully delivered to its current location in the
former Star-Telegram building and returned to Fort Worth, successfully completing
a fifty year round trip journey, after leaving for Hamilton in 1963. There is at least a hundred hours of video
and hundreds of photos of the aircraft and the restoration process. There has even been some talk of a
documentary but for now, we want to just take this opportunity on Labor Day, to
thank the following people for bringing this treasure back home.
MorningStar Partners Group
Fort Worth Aviation Museum
Tarrant County Archives is Home to Many Aviation Treasures
The Tarrant County Archives, located at 100 E. Weatherford Street in downtown Fort Worth houses a growing collection of local area aviation items. Under the direction of Dr. Dawn Youngblood, the collection has just acquired many items acquired form the City of Fort worth form the former Fort Worth Air and Space Museum Foundation.
The current aviation display has a variety of unique items spanning over 100 year of local aviation history. For more details and to search on line, see their website at
Outer hall at Tarrant County Archives.
Some North Texas aviation items on display at the Tarrant County Archives.
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