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Fort Worth Aviation Museum

An Introduction to the Fort Worth Aviation Museum

The Fort Worth Aviation Museum is next door to Meacham International Airport in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. This smaller municipal airport is overshadowed by the Dallas-Fort Worth international airport located in the DFW Mid-cities. Meacham Airport was originally Fort Worth’s airline airport until major carriers moved to Amon Carter Field. It was then the home of many corporate aircraft, training schools, and commuter flights. Several companies provide aircraft services at the airport, but the runways are hardly used. This created the opportunity to turn hangers into showcases for historic aircraft. This led to the founding of the aviation museum.

This Museum was once called Veterans Memorial Air Park. It was renamed in 2013. It continues to promote aviation history. It advertises the fact that you can walk up and even touch historic aircraft like F-4 Phantoms. Many of the aircraft here were made at the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth. They have an A-7 Corsair and F-8 Crusader made at the then Vought plant in Grand Prairie, Texas. They have more than two dozen aircraft, the oldest of which date back to World War 2. The Fort Worth Aviation Museum is in the process of cataloging and displaying items from the former Fort Worth Air and Space Museum Foundation.

The Fort Worth Aviation Museum should not be mistaken for the American Airlines CR Smith Museum. That museum is located at the southern end of Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. It is within the city limits of Fort Worth. It is almost within walking distance of American Airlines headquarters. That museum can be seen as you drive up Highway 360 on your way to DFW airport. The Fort Worth Aviation Museum is arguably better because you can walk up and even touch the aircraft. The Aviation Museum staff also does more to reach out to the community, hosting reunions of pilots and air traffic controllers and organizing exhibitions and talks at local libraries. This is a Blue Star museum; military members, veterans, and their families get in for free.

Yet the Fort Worth Aviation Museum isn’t as accessible as the CR Smith Museum. It is located at 3300 Ross Avenue in downtown Fort Worth, whereas CR Smith sits near the intersection of Highway 183 and Highway 360. The CR Smith Museum is also of less interest since it focuses almost entirely on aircraft from the 1940s. If you want to see Korean and Vietnam War aircraft, you need to go to this Museum.

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