Fayetteville’s Arkansas Air & Military Museum, located at Drake Field, is housed in a piece of history, itself.
The massive, all-wood, white hangar the museum is housed in is listed on the Arkansas Registry of Historic Places. It was built during World War II, which explains why wood was used in its construction rather than steel or aluminum. The site served as the headquarters for a military aviation training post and is one of the few such buildings surviving from the 1940s.
Of course, what waits inside is even more fascinating and exciting!
The Arkansas Air & Military Museum contains an incredible collection of vehicles, planes, artifacts, and memorabilia. A great many of the planes displayed here are still operational – a real rarity for museum pieces!
The museum collection includes planes from aviation’s golden age to the jet age, both civilian and military. Pieces include such variety as a Douglass A-4 Skyhawk, a LearJet 23, Vietnam-era Cobra Helicopter, and Sam Walton’s first airplane. The museum also has a wide array of engines on display, ranging from drone engine to a rocket engine.
While aviation is the big focus, as the museum’s name implies, that’s not all there is to see!
The museum also has a collection of military vehicles. These include an armoured Rolls-Royce, a Jeep from Desert Storm, and multiple ambulances from WWII and both the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Exhibits at the museum tell the tale of aviation through the years. Artifacts on display include uniforms, helmets, military memorabilia and even the pieces of a shot-down Japanese Zero! Interactive displays at the museum will transport you into the world of aviation history.
The Arkansas Air & Military Museum also celebrates distinguished Arkansan aviators. Captain Pierce McKennon, Commander Richard O. Covey, and Iris Louise McPhetridge Thaden are among the honored. The museum’s walls are covered with the names of soldiers and a sign reminds us of the incredible sacrifices so many have made to keep us safe and free.
The Arkansas Air & Military Museum
Open Sunday through Friday, 11am to 4:30pm and Saturdays, 10am to 4:30pm
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