972-551-6600

201 East Nash St. P.O. Box 310 Terrell, Texas 75160

Flight Thrills, Historic Aircraft, Kids Activities on Tap at Flights of Our Fathers Air Show and Fly-In

(TERRELL, TEXAS – September 7, 2017) – A full day of fun is on tap Saturday, September 23 at Terrell Municipal Airport during the 10th annual Flights of Our Fathers Air Show and Fly-In, benefiting the No. 1 British Flying Training School (BFTS) Museum. There will be aerobatic flights, kids’ activities, displays of military and vintage aircraft, a car and motorcycle show, and much more.

“There will be fun and activities for all ages throughout the day,” explained Rudy Bowling, president of the museum. “Planes will start arriving shortly after 8 a.m. and continue until about 11 a.m. with the air show set for 1 p.m. Guests will marvel as Russell Husbands puts his Pitts S-2B through dizzying aerobatics. Others will be fascinated by the precision flying of the Falcon Flight formation team in experimental RV aircraft. We’ve expanded our Kids Zone with lots of activities that will keep the little ones entertained and there will also be a variety of food choices.”

A formal ceremony to post the British, Canadian and American flags in front of the museum starts the day’s activities at 8:15 a.m. Visitors can then move next door where the Black Sheep Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol will host a pancake and sausage breakfast ($5) from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Just across the taxiway there will be a car and motorcycle show that runs from 9 a.m. until noon where visitors will be able to see the unique and vintage aircraft as they arrive.

The air show performances will kick off at 1 p.m., weather permitting. In addition to Falcon Flight and the Pitts S-2B, there will be featured performances by Dave Honaker flying the Super Decathlon; FighterJets Greg Howell in the MiG-17F; Carl Best in his T-6G; and a P51 Mustang, “Pecos Bill. Members of the Coyote Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will fly three aircraft: AT-19, PT-19 and T-34B. The show will also feature flights by several bi-wing Stearman aircraft, the vintage planes that were used to train RAF pilots at Terrell Airport during World War II. Some of the performing aircraft will also be on static display and will be joined by additional modern and vintage aircraft, such as the B-25 Mitchell, “Yellow Rose.”

Visitors will be able to purchase rides in some of the aircraft on display including one of the beautifully restored Stearman biplanes used in Terrell during World War II. Also available for rides are three CAF Coyote Squadron aircraft: a PT-19, AT-19 and T-34B. Two other Stearman biplanes, a B-25 and a BT-15 will also offer rides to visitors. Rides range from $100 to $450 per person and can be arranged, individually, with each pilot.

Youngsters will want to check out the Kids’ Zone for a variety of handson activities at UT-Tyler’s mobile STEM lab, the Ingenuity Center. Children can climb aboard the Frontiers of Flight Museum’s miniature airplane, Frontier Flyer, for an interactive opportunity to learn about aviation. The Kids’ Zone will also feature several bounce houses, a face painter, balloon artists, and basketball toss games.

Visitors to the BFTS Museum will have the unique opportunity to meet Lisa Foster as “Rosie the Riveter.” Ms. Foster will provide a living history presentation throughout the day while portraying one of the most iconic women of the WWII era. In full “Rosie” costume, Ms. Foster will demonstrate how riveting is done. The BFTS Museum has also created a special photo-op area with a mural as a backdrop for “selfies.” Kids – and adults can try on various parts of vintage uniforms for their photos.

Three fascinating speakers are scheduled in the Terminal: Tom Killebrew, author of The Royal Air Force in Texas; Daniel Flores, former combat helicopter pilot and author of South of Heaven: My Year in Afghanistan; and David Huntley, author of Death Watch Beetle. At the Museum, the great-grandson of Winston Churchill, Jonathan Sandys, will autograph his book God & Churchill and talk about his famous relative. Books will be available for purchase and speakers will be accessible to talk with visitors.

The BFTS Museum, which tells the story of Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) cadets who learned to fly in Terrell before and during World War II, will be open for visitors. On Sunday at 3 p.m., there will be a remembrance ceremony in Terrell’s Oakland Memorial Park to honor the 20 cadets who died in plane crashes during their training. A flyover by WWII aircraft concludes the ceremony, followed by a tea at the museum.

Gates open at 8:15 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person or $20 per carload (cash or credit) at the gates. For more information visit www.terrellairport.com/fly-in or call 972-551-1122.

This year’s event sponsors include the City of Terrell, Terrell Chamber of Commerce, Madix, Paul Finnegan, Suddenlink, American National Bank, U-Rent-It Sales & Service, KL Breeden & Sons, Aircraft Ducting Repair, Texas Bank & Trust, Bluebonnet Ridge RV Park, Nancy Pierce Barber, and numerous other donors.

About the No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum

The No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum was established in 1987 to house, collect and display memorabilia related to the operation of the flying school at the Terrell Municipal Airport during World War II. One of only six flight schools in the country set up by the U.S. military, instructors at the flying school taught more than 2,000 young English aviators to fly from 1941-1945. The Terrell community welcomed the young airmen, offering home-cooked meals and transportation, forming life-long friendships and continuing to care for the graves of 20 cadets who died during training exercises.