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.
Join us Saturday, January 10th at First Flight Park to Celebrate Aviation in North Texas
On a windy afternoon on January 12,
1911, Roland Garros of the Moissant International Aviators took to the air in a
Bleriot XI aircraft and became the first person to perform a powered flight in
Fort Worth. A crowd of nearly 17,000
people watched the event at the Fort Worth Driving Park, a racetrack near
present-day Carroll and West 7th Streets.
The planned two-day exhibition marked the city's first experience with
the wonders of aviation and started them on the path to becoming a major center
for aircraft development, industry, and aviation commerce in the United
States. Fort Worth and North Texas
would never be the same.
Carter Sr. and other civic and business leaders would continue to be
instrumental in developing aviation awareness across North Texas. In early1917, the Royal Flying Corps in
Canada was looking for sites to conduct pilot training during the winter months
and Carter and others convinced them to come to Fort Worth. By October 1917, three
military aviation training fields had been constructed near Saginaw, Benbrook,
and Everman. After World War I, the flying
field in Everman became Fort Worth’s first airport. In 1924, the Fort Worth Aviation Club was
formed to establish a new municipal airport and encourage airmail ad passenger
service here. In 1925 the city
established a new municipal airport on the north side, which became Meacham
Field and began a transform of North Texas from an agricultural economy to one
of the world’s aviation powerhouses.
one in five people are employed in some aspect of the aviation industry. That is one of the highest concentrations of
an industry influence in the United States.
Last year the aviation industry added $40 billion dollar to the economy
of North Texas. Dallas/Fort Worth
International Airport served 62 million passengers and handled 1.3 trillion pounds of cargo. The Fort Worth Alliance
Airport is celebrating its 25th anniversary and the collective
community around it, known as Alliance, Texas, is the fastest growing area in
has transformed the economy and culture of North Texas. Come join us and celebrate its beginnings.
Schedule of Events
All morning activities will take place at First Flight Park is located at 2700 Mercedes Avenue, north of 7th Street behind Montgomery Plaza.
10:00 Exhibits & Bell OH-58 Kiowa available, paper airplane activities begin.
10:30 Presentation of colors by the Phoenix Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol
10:40 Welcome and story of the 1st Flight in Fort Worth
11:00 Guest speaker Vernon Anderson, of Bell Helicopter
11:30 Aircraft Fly-over
11:45 Mass balloon launch
12:00 First Flight activities end at First Flight Park
The "Wings Award" will be presented annually to organizations and groups in recognition of their valuable contribution to the Fort Worth Aviation Museum's goals of PRESERVATION - INSPIRATION - EDUCATION.
This year's recipients will be:
The B-36 Peacemaker Museum for its many years of preserving the history of the B-36 Peacemaker and other aircraft produced in Fort Worth.
Morning Star Partners of Fort Worth for their preservation of the National Air Transport Travel Air 5000 used in the 1920's & owned by Amon Cater, Sr.
Cowtown Aerocrafters of Justin for their restoration of Amon Carter, Sr's Travel Air 5000.
Mr. Harry Hansen or Hamilton, Texas for his years of dedication in preserving and restoring Amon Carter, Sr's Travel Air 5000.
Seating will be limited. Please notify us if you plan to attend.
Fund Raising Continues for our
A-12 Avenger II "Flying Dorito" Shelter.
Dear Friend of the
Fort Worth Aviation Museum,
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
MorningStar Partners Group
Fort Worth Aviation Museum
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