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on a memorable aviation journey - a tour of the Frontiers of Flight Museum. During your
experience, you will bridge several lifetimes starting with the pioneers who realized their
earliest dreams of flying; identifying with the aviators of the 20's and 30's, known as the
"Golden Age of Flight"; understanding the sacrifices of the fliers of World War II; and
progressing to the jet and rocket age of today. By virtue of these chronicles of time, you will
also find a new appreciation for the role the Dallas/Fort Worth area (known today as the Aviation
Capital of the World) has played in the unfolding global aviation story.
Frontiers of Flight Museum you will see, hear, and touch some of the rare artifacts that have
contributed to this exciting history. On display is a World War I Sopwith "Pup" biplane along
with hundreds of models, uniforms, decorations, engines and propellers. You will long remember
your "Flight Thru Time".
One of the most unique displays is the "Lighter Than Air"
collection. The great silver giants of that era with their graceful
proportions are still a source of amazement to us today. The LZ-129
"Hindenburg" was 803.8 feet long (nearly the size of the "Queen
Mary") and was filled with 7 million cubic feet of hydrogen. It
carried 50 passengers and 50-60 crew members, plus freight across
the Atlantic. It made the crossing 37 times nonstop before an
airliner managed the task. Crossing time from Frankfurt, Germany
to Lakehurst, NJ was three days and two nights at a cruising speed
of 77 mph.
Our artifacts from the "Hindenburg" include the largest unburned
piece (radioman's chair) that survived the fiery crash at Naval
Air Station Lakehurst on May 6, 1937. Also, in the collection
is a china service from the "Graf Zeppelin I", structural components
and fittings from the U.S. Navy airship "Akron", and propellers
from the U.S.S. "Shenandoah", and "Los Angeles".
The Dallas/Fort Worth area played a vital role in the aviation phase of World War II. You
will see displayed more than 200 aircraft models representing nations involved in this conflict
along with the uniforms of the
men and women who flew them. A special exhibit commemorates the RAF No. 1 British Flying
Training School in Terrell, Texas, where 2,000 British fighter pilots were trained. Dallas Love
Field was the base for the 5th Ferrying Wing, including the 601st Women's Army Service
Pilots (WASP). These gallant women flew all types of aircraft including the B-24 "Liberator",
manufactured at Consolidated's Fort Worth plant, the P-51 "Mustang" manufactured at the North
American plant at Grand Prairie, and the P-38 "Lightning" which was modified at Dallas Love Field's
Lockheed Mod Center.
American air power emerged from World War II as a dominant force, both militarily and
We ended the war flying the P-51 "Mustang" aircraft at a maximum speed of 450 mph. Barely 15
years later, our SR-71 "Blackbird" was cruising at 2,100 mph. You will be witness to the
dramatic progression through artifacts including an early jet engine and a rocket powered
ejection seat from the F-4 "Phantom". Commercially, many of our airlines ended the war flying
DC-3's which carried 21 passengers at 165 mph. Twenty-six years later, we were spanning the
Atlantic Ocean in the "Concord" at 1,450 mph. The full range of the airliner development is
presented vividly though large-scale cutaway models, airline posters and other memorabilia.
Your "Flight Thru
Time" concludes with a close-up look at the challenges of space and our first step toward the
stars with the most complex aircraft ever assembled, the reusable "Space Shuttle" Orbiter. Its
weight is equal to more than twelve Boeing 747 jumbo jets. It is thrust into orbit 100 miles
above the earth at 17,000 mph. All of this has occurred in less than 80 years since the Wright
brothers first flew their biplane 120 feet at 7 mph!
Please join us for a journey through the Frontiers of Flight Museum soon!
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- Create and sponsor educational programs for school and
public groups in order to educate, motivate and inspire the next
- Preserve the University of Texas at Dallas' History of Aviation Collection
and expand the FOFM collection.
- Recognize and promote the contributions of aviation and aerospace to the
- Focus on Events and Personalities which have pushed the "frontier of aviation"
- Develop the Museum to become a resource of national significance.
The Frontiers of Flight Museum was founded in November, 1988, by Kay Bailey Hutchison,
Jan Collmer, and William E. Cooper. Their initial intent was to exhibit at Dallas Love Field the
priceless artifacts, documents and photographs of the History of Aviation Collection donated to
The University of Texas at Dallas by the legendary aviation historian George E. Haddaway. Since
1988, the Museum has added to the Collection extensive artifacts dealing with the history of
aviation from earliest days through today's modern military, commercial and aerospace vehicles.
In 1993, the George E. Haddaway Medal for Achievement in Aviation was created in honor of
this renowned collector and aviation historian. Regional and national contributors to the field
of aviation have been chosen to receive this prestigious award.
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