Join us August 19th to Celebrate
National Aviation Day.
Here's to one last hurrah before school starts. Come out an visit with us to celebrate National Aviation Day. FREE for all school aged kids and young people.
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 celebrate with special displays, games, prizes, activities, movies and more focusing on intruding young people to the magic of flight and aviation. Adults will have an opportunity to learn more about the proud and patriotic heritage of aviation here in North Texas that has forever changed the culture and economy of our region.
Open 9 AM to 4 PM. Adults $5.00, Youngsters and teens FREE!!
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.
Hops and Props Update
Thank to all for making Hops and Props a huge success. Plan now to attend next May.
Thanks for your support.
Don't Miss This Event
Saturday, May 16th, 2015
A new fly-in and craft beer festival is coming to the Metroplex at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum.
Our plans are almost complete for a first ever fly-in and craft beer festival here in the Metroplex and it will all happen at Meacham Airport at our museum.
Saturday, May 16th will be a free Open House at the museum to view the fly-in aircraft close up. The theme for this year's fly-in is "Commemorating Operation Frequent Wind,"
that marked the end of the Vietnam War. We are inviting Marine helicopter units to join us as well as a variety of civilian warbirds to commemorate the 40th anniversary of this action.
In the afternoon, The Hops and Props Craft Beer Festival will run from 1 PM to 5 PM. Beer tasting from brewers in the area will be available for a fee. We will also have live music, family friendly vendors and other attractions.
In addition, for a truly unique experience, we will be offering beer tasting flights. Through special arrangements with The Flagship Detroit Foundation and Greatest Generation Aircraft, we will be offering 30 minute beer tasting flights on a vintage DC-3 airliner, the "Flagship Detroit" and a classic C-47 transport aircraft, the "Southern Cross."
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, May 16th, 2015.
Tickets on sale now. Order early and save money.
Museum Members, Active and Reserve Military only $20 with valid ID at gate!
2015 North Texas Aviation Landmarks and Historic Site report now available
We have just completed our 2015 edition of our annual aviation landmarks and historic sites report. This year's report has expanded to 40 topics. Again this year, we begin the report with sites we consider to be under threat of deterioration, development or destruction.
Beginning in last year, we published
a list of aviation related sites and landmarks relevant to the history of
aviation in North Texas. This year’s
list contains forty locations. The sites
are listed in one of five groups. In the
first group are sites we consider threatened for various reasons and require
attention to be protected from loss or damage.
The next group lists sites that should be considered for Texas Historic
Commission markers, and our priorities in pursuing recognition for those
sites. Priority is based on historical
significance, locations with high visibility, ease of access for placement of a
and potential for raising required funding to apply for and pay
for a marker. In some instances, such as
Meacham Airport, markers will recognize a group of events or individuals based
on activities in and around the area.
in the third group are locations already identified with Texas Historical
Commission (THC) markers and are considered safe. The fourth group lists locations already
recognized by some type of marker, such as local markers, Recorded Texas
Historical Landmarks (RTHL) or National Registry of Historic Places (NRHP). These are considered “safe sites” and efforts
to pursue Texas Historical Commission recognition is not a high priority at
this point if the aviation-related significance is noted. The final group is new. It is a list of graves, homesteads and
airfields. Graves and homesteads refer
to people who have made significant contributions to aviation here and where
they lived. Most if not all of these
locations need more research.
sites are under consideration for this list, but need more research before we
welcome assistance, suggestions and participation from anyone in our community with an
interest in aviation and research. No experience
needed; consider this a crowd sourcing opportunity and join us. If you would like to help or know of a site
we should consider, please contact us at Info@FtwAviation.com.
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