PRESS RELEASE

 

Grand Re-Opening of the
No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum

March 16, 2017

Terrell, Texas - The No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum, located in Terrell, Texas, is thrilled to announce its grand re-opening and dedication on Saturday, March 25th at 10am.  The grand re-opening coincides with the annual Big Band Hangar Dance and Dinner, celebrating RAF cadets of the No. 1 British Flying School and raising funds for the museum.

 

The museum has been closed since February 21, 2017 while staff and volunteers renovate the space. Teams have been working around the clock creating a new footprint, freshening up existing exhibits and adding new ones. While the focus has been on the current museum building, teams look forward to expanding to additional buildings in the coming year.

 

Started in April 1994, the family-friendly exhibit highlights the storied history of cadets that came to Terrell, Texas. Between 1941 and 1945, more than 2,000 Royal Air Force and American Army Air Force pilots earned their wings in the skies of North Texas. The museum houses hundreds of historical items which come from a combination of donated and loaned collections. The museum also includes WWII memorabilia and uniforms. The pride of the museum includes Miss Pauline, a World War II AT-6 training aircraft currently 75% restored. Additionally, the museum has a Stearman bi-wing trainer that was actually flown at the school which will be in attendance during the Hangar Dance.  Most recently, a Jet Provost aircraft has been acquired but restoration on it has not yet been started.

 

“The reorganization of the museum is a chance for us to highlight and showcase local stories that have never been told before. We are excited about bringing the community together over this shared history from a very tumultuous time in the world,” said Rudy Bowling, President of the Museum. “Our goal is to educate a new generation and highlight a little known part of history.”
 

Everyone is welcome to celebrate the grand re-opening of the No. 1 British Flying Training Museum at a ceremony 10am to 12pm on March 25. The ceremony will take place at 119 Silent Wings Blvd., Terrell, TX 75160 in front of the museum. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Regularly scheduled museum hours are 10am to 4pm Thursday to Saturday and additional times by appointment. Museum admission is free and donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.

 

For more information or to volunteer, visit www.BFTSMuseum.org or call 972-551-1122.

 

About No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum

During World War II thousands of British pilots learned to fly at six civilian training schools in the United States. The first and largest of the schools was in Terrell, Texas. Once the United States entered the war, American Aviation Cadets also trained at the school. More than 2,000 Royal Air Force and American Army Air Force pilots earned their wings over North Texas between 1941 and 1945. The No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum celebrates this little known chapter of World War II history. The collection includes hundreds of historical items: logbooks, training materials, WWII memorabilia and uniforms.

 

Media Contact

Rudy Bowling, President

972.551.1122

RBowling@BFTSMuseum.org

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