Tuesday, February 21, 2012

2 facilities join forces to create Arkansas Air and Military Museum in Fayetteville

From The Republic: 2 facilities join forces to create Arkansas Air and Military Museum in Fayetteville
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Air Museum and the Ozark Military Museum are merging and will become one entity that will feature collections of both military and racing aircraft.

The new museum will be renamed the Arkansas Air and Military Museum and will remain at Drake Field in Fayetteville.

The Arkansas Air Museum opened in 1986 and focuses on the history of northwest Arkansas aviation. The Ozark Military Museum is dedicated to preserving aircraft, weapons and other memorabilia from World War II and other military conflicts.

The new museum plans to host the Air Race Classic in 2013, which will promote women's roles in aviation.

The museum's collections will include flyable airplanes from the 1920s and 1930s, post-World War II era and Vietnam era.

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