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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
 
 
Holiday Schedule
 We will be open normal hours Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays over the Christmas and New Year's holidays.   We will be open Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.
 
 Thank you to everyone who participated in #GIVINGTUESDAY and our annual campaign.  Your support is very much appreciated.  Happy Holidays to you all.
 

 
 
DECEMBER 2, 2014 

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 aviation heritage.

         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 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 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 help.

       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. 

Click above to help with the Mobile Museum. 

 

Second: 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 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.

Sincerely,

Jim Hodgson

Executive Director

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.  
Happy Holidays! 
 

 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.

            The return 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 
 
            In the 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. 

            On that 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 50 years. 

            As it 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 
 
            Here in 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.

            Last summer 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. 

            Since last 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
 
            After 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.

Hamilton, Texas

Harry Hansen

Jackie Hansen

MorningStar Partners Group

Bob Simpson

Joy Webster

Cliff Wallum

Dusty Roberts

Kevin Hunkler

Luther Adkins

Morris Matson

Cowtown Aerocrafters

Lanny Parcell

Kerrie Bourland

Doug Fulk

Bob Parcell

Tom Swindle

Gerry Asher

David Ozee

Trevor Parcell

David Stahl

Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Don Pyeatt

Bill Guy

Jim Hodgson

Donna Hodgson

Bill Morris

Ben Guttery

Tom Kemp

Jim Fabris

Bob Adams

Chris Emory 


 
 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.
 
 
 
 

 
   
  

 
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. 
 
 
 
 

 
       
 
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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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