Come Celebrate Saturday, August 16th.
In 1939 President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed August 19 to be National
Aviation Day. The day coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright,
who piloted the Wright Flyer. He and his brother Wilbur are given credit
for building the world’s first successful airplane with aircraft
controls that enabled them to steer the plane. Orville Wright made the
first flight for 12 seconds and 120 feet around the site of Wright
Brothers National Memorial on December 17, 1903. They were not the first
to build and fly experimental aircraft but they are the first to invent
aircraft controls that made fixed wing flight possible.
We will be celebrating on Saturday, August 16th with a special Family Aviation Day from 9 am to 5 pm.
Family admission to the museum will be $5, a 50% discount from our normal $10 family admission.
We will have some of our cockpits open for inspection and picture taking, too.
We will also have paper airplane contests and prizes for everyone.
Come out and enjoy our exhibits of 100+ years of aviation history in North Texas and 24 combat aircraft.
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.
Help us SAVE SAM'S F-4
On April 16th, 1966, then US Air Force Captain Sam Johnson and Weapons System Officer, First Lieutenant Larry Chesley, were flying in an F-4C Phantom II on a mission north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in North Vietnam. That mission turned out to be the last one for both men. They were shot down and became prisoners of war for seven years. After a distinguished career in the Air Force, Sam Johnson had a successful business carer followed by his election to the Texas Third District of the United States House of Representatives.
To Honor Congressman Johnson's service and sacrifices to our country, the Fort Worth Aviation Museum and others supporters have begun a campaign to rehabilitate our F-4C to the look of the aircraft the Congressman was shot down in. Please see below for details and help us SAVE SAM'S F-4. (Click image to download a copy of the brochure.)
Click here to visit the SAVESAMSF4.ORG
website or click the button below to donate now.
What You Can Do To Help
Help us with our SAVE-A-PLANES
You can buy one of our new shirts in our PX (gift shop) at VMAP PX or clicking on the gift shop link under ABOUT VMAP.
Or you can click on one of the links below to download a flyer or pledge form or click the PayPal DONATE button below and send a donation right away.
But please help us SAVE-A-PLANE.