The Sport Air Racing League’s 150 Air Race is held each Memorial Day weekend to honor the late Mark Hardin, operator of Terrell Aviation. While the Museum is not a beneficiary of race weekend funding, we are happy to support the annual race and welcome visitors to the Museum throughout the day.
The BFTS Museum welcomes the return of the Commemorative Air Force’s traveling exhibit Oct. 27 – Nov. 2, 2020. The story and legacy of World War II’s famed Tuskegee Airmen – America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel – is vividly told in “Rise Above: Red Tail Triumph Over Adversity.” The heart-stopping film of flight in a P51C Mustang and displays in a huge semi-trailer drew hundreds of school children and visitors during its last visit.
Motorcycle riders from throughout north Texas gather at the Museum and, with flags flying, parade through downtown Terrell to Oakland Cemetery to honor our cadets who died during training accidents and are buried there under the British flag. After a brief ceremony that honors freedom fighters from all wars, the riders return to the Museum for an afternoon of fellowship and story-telling. The Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride is held in multiple states of the US and in many countries around the world. Watch the website for more information and times for this annual tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
On the Sunday nearest November 11, friends of the Museum gather at Oakland Cemetery to honor the 20 cadets who died during their training at the No. 1 British Flying Training School. With bagpipes, prayers, remembrances and fly-overs, guests pay tribute to the fallen. After the cemetery ceremony, visitors return to the Museum for a formal high tea.
Each February the Choctaw Nation gathers to honor four cadets of the No. 1 British Flying Training School who crashed near Antlers, OK in February 1943 while on a training mission. Members of the Choctaw Nation led authorities to the three crash sites in the Kiamichi Wilderness in southeastern Oklahoma. Generations later, sixth grade students at the Rattan School researched the history of crashes and gathered funds to create a permanent memorial to the cadets. The brief ceremony on the side of the mountain is followed by a reception in the VFW Hall in Antlers.
Don your 1940s attire (or not!) grab your partner and swing over to the Museum and the Madix Hangar for the annual Big Band Hangar Dance. Great food, fun, fellowship, and music will recall the heydays of the No. 1 British Flying Training School. The Hangar Dance is one of the museum’s chief fundraisers via ticket sales, raffles, silent auctions, wine pulls and other fun activities.