Youngsters will want to check out the Kids’ Zone for a variety of hands–on 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.