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Walnut Ridge Army Flying School Museum
2 Sky Watch Drive
Walnut Ridge, AR 72476
HELP PRESERVE HISTORY
HONOR THOSE WHO SERVED TO KEEP AMERICA FREE
NEW, LARGER MUSEUM URGENTLY NEEDED!
YOU CAN HELP!
Built in early 1942, to train pilots to defend our country, the rich and diverse history of the Walnut Ridge Army Air Field is extremely significant, and worthy of preservation. It has served as home to the: (1) Walnut Ridge Army Air Forces Basic Flying School, (2) Walnut Ridge Marine Corps Air Facility, (3) One of the largest post-war Aircraft Salvage Facilities operated by the War Assets Administration and, (4) the U.S.A.F. 725th Aircraft Control &Warning Squadron.
The Walnut Ridge Army Flying School Museum's threefold mission is: (1) preserve the Air Field's rich history, (2) provide a unique and fitting place to recognize and honor all civilians and veterans who have served to protect and preserve our freedom through the years, (3) educate future generations about the cost of freedom and the sacrifices that have been made for them.
The museum's present building is filled to capacity. Over 99% of the artifacts obtained in 2002 from the Veterans Military Museum in Hardy, AR are in storage. There is a desperate need to complete the new building which will permit proper display all those items. In addition, other artifacts are in storage, including an ANT-18 Link Trainer, WWII Navy SNB-5 Twin-engine trainer, Cobra Helicopter, the original Air Field Crash Truck and one of the original Fire Trucks. In 2004 Jay and Beverly Carter of Cotter, AR donated a 1/2 scale F4U-1 "Corsair" to the museum, and a group of local pilots purchased and donated an authentic BT-13 cockpit.
A new 11,200 square foot building was erected in 2004 . Work is in progress, on a pay-as-you-go basis to complete the inside partitions, install heating and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical wiring and lighting. Another $120,000 is needed to do all the above, and complete the outside driveway, parking areas, walks and memorial walls. Your assistance is needed to help complete this building so that we can better preserve the rich history of this Air Field, and honor the efforts and memory of all those who served here. Contributions, memorials or sponsorships of any amount will be appreciated.