you for helping us have another record-setting year at the museum.
Your ongoing support is what allows us to change lives by inspiring
young people and educating our community, while we preserve the rich
aviation history of our region.
I want to take a few minutes and update you on some of our past goals
for 2015 and some of our new goals for 2016. We hope you will help
support these efforts to preserve our aviation heritage today for
he aviation industry has had a profound impact on the culture and economy of North Texas.
id 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,
airfreight 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 Helicopter Textron.
ut with all this, our North Texas aviation heritage is disappearing and time is not on our side.
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!
or 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 of the US Army Air Force’s Training Command in WW II
- Was the departure and arrival point for the first non-stop flight around the world
small Fort Worth Aviation Museum at Meacham Airport 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 help.
last year, with the help of many people, we raised funds for two very
important projects, our mobile museum and an A-12 shelter. Here is an
update on those projects.
conversion of an old bookmobile proved impractical, so a replacement
vehicle was purchased. We are in the process of converting it into a
mobile flight simulator and museum to showcase Fort Worth’s aviation
history at public venues and schools. Tax-deductible contributions
helped us reach our goal to raise $15,000 for this project. With a
matching funds grant, we raised $30,000 to make this happen. We plan to
debut the vehicle later in 2016.
Here’s how you can help
preserve Fort Worth’s rich aviation heritage and make it available to a broader audience:
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
contributions are helping preserve this significant piece of aviation
history for our community and future generations. Our goal last year
was to raise $40,000 for a shelter. With the matching funds grant, we
hoped to raise $20,000 for this project. We have raised $8,000, but
still need help in matching the remaining $12,000 on the grant to
complete this project.
2016, the museum was awarded two $4,000 challenge grants for a total of
$8,000. These funds can only be used with new funds received for two
critically important projects: restoring our F-111 Aardvark and F-105
Thunderchief. This makes our 2015-2016 goal to raise $20,000 for three
1967 and 1976, General Dynamics built 554 F-111 Aardvark supersonic
bombers. Our F-111E is the only one on display in Fort Worth. It has
needed repainting since we acquired it in 2008 and we would like to
accomplish that this year. We recently were given a $4,000 challenge
grant to refurbish our Vaark. Every dollar you gift will be matched and
essentially double your donation. Please consider helping us on this
1972 to 1982, the Air Force’s 457th Fighter Squadron operated out of
Carswell Air Force Base with F-105 Thunderchief aircraft as part of the
Fighter Wing. We plan to restore our F-105 “Thud” as a tribute to the 301st
the “Red River Rats” of the Vietnam War. Our goal is to raise $8,000
for the aircraft’s restoration. We have been awarded a $4,000 challenge
grant on this aircraft and need only $4,000 in new donations to start
the restoration. Each dollar gifted will equal $2 and help us honor the
Vietnam era veterans of the 1960s and 70s and the cold war veterans of
the 301st Fighter Wing of Fort Worth from the 70s and 80s.
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 52
years ago, and we are still playing our part today.
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.
We hope you will
consider making a contribution of $100 or more to one or all of these
projects. Because of the matching funds grant, every tax-deductible
dollar you contribute will double in value to the museum. Your generous
contribution will make a big difference, and your support will be
greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.
To send a gift for any of these projects click on their picture to be
transferred to our online gift shop to make a PayPal donation. Or, if
you prefer, you can send a check to:
Fort Worth Aviation Museum
PO Box 161966
Fort Worth, TX 76161
All donations are tax deductible for 2015 or 2016. We can also accept
contributions as a memorial to a friend or loved one. Or, for a general
donation please click below.
Thank you again. Your support means a lot to us and to our community as we strive to:
Preserve, Inspire, and Educate.
Please consider helping meet these goals.