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3300 Ross Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76106
EIN 75-2774571
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Welcome to the Fort Worth Aviation Museum
 
 
 

Last week, the City of Fort Worth and B-58 Hustler Association have agreed to support our efforts to acquire a YB-58A for the people of Fort Worth.

For details download the special newsletter.
 

 
 Hops and Props is
Coming May 21st!!
 
 
 
Our 2nd annual Hops and Props Fly-In and Craft Beer Festival is set for Saturday, May 21st from 1 pm to 5 pm.  Unlimited craft beer tasting is only $40, but buy your tickets now and pay only $30, a 25% discount.
 
The day will start with a free museum open house at 9 am.  At 1 pm the craft beer festival will start with live music, food, family fun, and vendors, Plus airplanes.
 
Stay tuned for details.  Order your tickets now, CLICK HERE.
 

2015 Annual Report Now Available
 Our 2015 annual report to the community is now available for download.  We had a another great year and want to thank you all for your support.  The report is FREE.  We look forward to your comments.
 
CLICK HERE to download the report.
 

 
 
 
First Flight Day
is January 9th 
 
All activities and presentations will take place at First Flight Park, 2700 Mercedes Avenue, Fort Worth, (Behind Montgomery Plaza off 7th Street).
 
PLAN OF THE DAY
1000 to 1200

1000 Paper airplane building and launching

1035 Welcome and Introduction

1040 Comments by Councilwoman Ann Zedah

1100 History of First Flight, Quentin McGowan

1130 First Flight Park Ground Breaking

1145 Helium Balloon Launch

1200 Secure activities at First Flight Park

 
 
1500 to 1700
 
2016 Wings Award
Presentation and Reception:
 
Fort Worth Aviation Museum, 3300 Ross Avenue, Fort Worth
 
 Recipients:
Dr. Dawn Youngblood, Tarrant County Archives
Mr. Phillip Poole, TownSite Company
Mr. Andrew Ord, Greystar
Mr. Laird Sparks, Greystar
 

Thank 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 tomorrow.

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, 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.
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 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
Our 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.

Since 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.

The 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:

In 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.

For 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 projects.

Between 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 project.

From 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 301st Fighter Wing. We plan to restore our F-105 “Thud” as a tribute to the 301st and 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.

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 52 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.

Sincerely,
Jim Hodgson
Executive Director

PS: 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. 
 
 Here's How You Can Help
 

 
100th Anniversary of the 1st Aero Squadron's Visit to Fort Worth. 
 
Presentation Saturday, November 21st at 12 noon. 
 
 
On November 19, 1915, Captain Benjamin Foulois, commander of the 1st Aero Squadron, and five pilots left Fort Sill, Oklahoma for a new flying field at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.  It was the first time in the squadron’s two-and-a-half year history they moved their aircraft from one location to another by air.  The squadron was the only organized flying unit in the US Army.
 
Join us Saturday, November 21st at 12 noon for a presentation about this 1915 event given by museum historian Bill Morris. 
 
 

Fort Worth Aviation Museum in The News
 
 
Nice article about us in the Texas Homes For Sale.  You can read it here. 

Barron Field Placed on Historic Fort Worth's Most Endanger Places List for 2015 
 
Each year since 2004 Historic Fort Worth, Inc. has named local site to its Most Endangered Places list.  For the second year in a row, we have nominated an historic aviation landmark for consideration.  Last year, two World War I sites associated with Hicks Field were selected.  This year Barron Field was nominated and selected for the Most Endangered List.  
 
 
 
 The Historic Fort Worth listing reads as follows.
 
"Fort Worth’s aviation history is a unique treasure that is still not fully understood or interpreted.  Among other distinctions, Fort Worth was home to the first commercial airline in the US, the site of the world’s only helium production plant, was headquarters of the US Army Air Forces Training Command during World War II, and was the departure and arrival point for the first non-stop around-the-world flight. Fort Worth was also home to the most US Army Air Service pilot training fields during World War I, including Barron Field, constructed between September and November 1917. The one square mile flying field was a training site for American Air Service and Canadian Royal Flying Corps pilots.
 

Training at Barron Field ceased in mid-1919 and the field became an Army aviation equipment storage and disposal site. In August 1921, the government sold all but approximately 100 acres of the property along the west side of the field. The War Department maintained a lease on this property until 1924 and used it as a landing field to support cross-country flights by US Army Air Service pilots and the Post Office airmail planes. It was also used as Fort Worth’s first municipal airport.

Buildings and hangars were constructed along what is now Everman Parkway and spanned the northern portion of the flying field. This property could contain significant remnants of Barron Field, including foundations for as many as 4 of the 15 hangars on the field as well as foundations for the water tower, aero repair, school, aero supply, quartermaster supply, fire station, administration building, oil reclamation building, guard house, and portions of two barracks and a mess hall.  Remnants of two pump houses and the water and sewer system may also be present.

This 12-acre site may be the last remaining piece of any WWI flying field in the country. Though the buildings no longer stand, the site is pivotal to interpreting this chapter of Fort Worth's history. In addition to the physical connection to interpreting history, Barron Field is an important archaeological resource with the potential to help us understand what life was like for the pilots training on this site."

This is an important first step in preserving our aviation heritage and we appreciate our nomination being selected for this year.  
 
History not told is heritage lost.  

 
               
 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.
  

 
What You Can Do To Help 
 
 Help us with our SAVE-A-PLANES 
 
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. 
 
 
 
 

 
       
 
 
 
 
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Museum Hours
Wednesday 9AM-4PM
Saturday 9AM-5PM
Sunday 11AM-5PM
 
Admission Fees
Adults $5.00
Youth 6-16 $1.00
Under 6 Free
Families $10.00
Active Duty Military & Family Free




 




 
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