This is an excellent educational and affordable activity for the whole family. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of historic World War II aircraft. History enthusiasts of all ages will be allowed to get up close and touch the airplanes, tour the cockpit, talk to the crews and watch the planes fly. Guests can even book a ride on one of the historical aircraft!
For more information, including schedule of events, attendance cost and details / history of the planes, visit airpowersquadron.org.
About the Arkansas Air & Military Museum
You’ll travel back in time when you see the state’s largest and most fascinating aviation collection at the Arkansas Air & Military Museum. Located at Fayetteville’s Drake Field, the historic hangar that houses the museum is one of the nation’s few remaining all-wood structures from the World War II era. It holds collections of classic aircraft in flight-service condition from the 1920s and ’30s, modern planes from the post-World War II era, and static displays of key military aircraft from the Vietnam era.
In addition to vintage aircraft, privately owned planes are on loan to the museum, including Sam Walton’s first airplane — a two-seater aircraft used to travel a three-state area to visit prospective Walmart sites. Modern-day planes round out the museum’s collection and provide a glimpse into the world of corporate and high-end private transportation in the 21st century.
Visitors learn about Drake Field’s role in the training of aviators during World War II and view aviation-related artifacts, including an authentic WWI-era Curtiss OX-5 engine and the City of Fayetteville flag that was onboard the space shuttle Discovery.
For more information, visit ArkansasAirAndMilitary.com.