Meet Our Board Members

The BFTS Museum is a nonprofit organization which has earned the 501(c)3 designation from the Internal Revenue Service. All donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

The BFTS Museum is staffed almost entirely by volunteers with only two, part-time paid staff members.

The Board of Directors includes:

Chairman – Bill Huthmaker
Owner of Bluebonnet Ridge RV Park.  Bill is retired from IBM in sales to travel industry.

Vice Chairman – Raymond Sparks
Retired Battalion Fire Chief from the City of Garland.  Raymond is a US Navy Veteran

Secretary – Barry Walston
Currently employed at Southwest Airlines in the IT Department.

Treasurer – Raenell Davis
Retired from Braniff Airlines Director of Accounts Payable and El Chico as Director of Accounting. She has served over seven (7) years on the Board of Directors of the BFTS Museum.

Executive Director – Rudy Bowling, Sr.
Retired from Southwest Airlines as maintenance tooling supervisor.  Rudy also has 20 years at Braniff International Airways.

Jim Evans
Currently employed in the construction industry.  Jim has served over ten (10) years on the Board of Directors of the BFTS Museum.

Paul Finnegan
Currently employed in the aerospace industry and is a certified linguist.  Paul is retired from the Air Force.

Chris Hamilton
Retired AT&T Customer Service.

Bernie C. Schaefer, Jr.
Currently serves as a consultant in the oil and gas industry.  Bernie has served over ten (10) years on board on the Board of Directors of the BFTS Museum.

Mike Siemann
Retired from Advantage IBC.

The Seas Divide, But The Skies Unite

Celebrating cooperation between the United States and Great Britain
Plan your visit today!

We are currently OPEN during our regular business hours!  We are continuing our Wednesday – Saturday operating hours from 10 am to 4 pm. Needless to say, we’re excited about welcoming you back to the Museum!  We’ve missed you!

 We will be following the state-wide and local COVID-19 guidelines for museum re-opening that includes everyone wearing masks (except young children), maintaining social distancing, and constant cleaning. Please bring your own mask and hand sanitizer. 

Look forward to seeing you!


Rudy Bowling
Executive Director
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