THE SEAS DIVIDE, BUT THE SKIES UNITE

During World War II thousands of British cadets learned to fly at six civilian training schools in the United States. The first and largest of the schools was in Terrell, Texas. More than 2,200 Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Corps earned their wings over North Texas between 1941 and 1945. Terrell’s citizens welcomed the student pilots into their homes and their community, forging many life-long bonds. Because of these friendships, the cadets started a museum in Terrell to remember their friendships and the twenty cadets who died there. 

The museum celebrates this little known chapter of World War II history. The collection includes hundreds of historical items: log books, training materials, WWII memorabilia and uniforms.The museum’s archives contain the most extensive record of the No. 1 British Flying Training School that exists.

Mission

To celebrate, the spirit and sacrifices made by those men both British and American, who trained to be pilots at the Number 1 British Flying Training School (1BFTS); to educate all ages of all nationalities as to the history and importance of the cooperation between the British Commonwealth and American Government in both war and peace; to honor the strong bonds of friendship formed between the cadets and the community of Terrell and the North Texas area.

In 2018, an updated and modernized logo was adopted by the museum.
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School Crest              (Click logos for large images)

The No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum crest was designed by cadet Frank Miller, course 1.

Rudy Bowling, President

"Bringing knowledge, history and a love of aviation to a new generation."

Nancy Pope, Treasurer

"Working at the No 1 BFTS museum is a window to the past."

Secretary

"Honoring the past and the sacrifices of those who earned their wings here."

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

STAFF-DIRECTORS

 

Kathie White, Administrative Assistant
Margaret Briggs
Raenell Davis
Jim Evans
Paul (Pavel) Finnegan

Bill Huthmacher
Sqn Ldr Craig O'Donnell
Jon M. Poort
Bernie C. Schaefer, Jr.
Mike Siemann

ADVISORY BOARD

Sam Dodson
David Landua
Beverley Mardis
Sqn Ldr Craig O'Donnell
Jonathan Sandys
Cmdr Phil Webb

DIRECTORS EMERITUS

 

Pauline Bond Baxter

Arthur Brown 
Eric Gill

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

​Turner Baxter (posthumous)

Rick Brown (posthumous)

Max Jacoby (posthumous)

Henry Madgwick (posthumous)

Albert Lee Meyers (posthumous)

Nick Naumovich (posthumous)

Arthur Ridge (posthumous)

VOLUNTEERS & SUPPORT

 

Marilyn Bowling
Tari Lin Carlile
Mair Cawston

George Cozens
Sam Dodson
Melissa Hardin
Judy Hollis
Patrick Howard
Rod Kinkaid
Carolyne Long
Carl Nilsson
Lucien Osentowski

Nicki Plummer

Hilda Poort
Linda Sewell
Mike Sims
Raymond Sparks
Becky Sullivan
Peter Taylor
Don Thurman

“CELEBRATING COOPERATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND GREAT BRITAIN"

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