Located smack in the Middle of Someplace, Midland's American Airpower Heritage Museum is a tribute to the men and women who fought World War II in the skies around the world.
The second World War began and ended with the airplane, from Germany's bombardment of Poland in 1939 to the drop of the Atom bomb over Hiroshima. The skies were the key to modern warfare, and the American pilots and flight crews that fought for our nation will always be remembered for their courage, innovation and determination.
The American Airpower Heritage Museum (AAHM) located at Midland International Airport in Midland, Texas, is dedicated to preserving the complete history of World War II military aviation and the memory of the men and women who built, serviced and flew the historic military aircraft of World War II.
Recognized for its collection of authentic World War II artifacts and memorabilia, including uniforms of Allied and Axis countries, armament, photographs, weapons and equipment, the museum houses 40,000 square feet of "hands-on" permanent exhibits that detail the story of World War II airpower.
The Museum is the brainchild of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), a group of World War II aviators who organized the group to preserve American air history and hardware. Originally housed at the Brownsville Airport, the Confederate Air Force - as they were once called before the name change - often traveled to air shows across Texas and the Southwest to entertain and educate the public on the rich air history of our nation.
The American Airpower Heritage Museum provides many resources for research and education, including a world-class library and educational events for adults and children.
Permanent exhibits include Save the Girls Gallery & Preservation Project, 34 original WWII nose art panels - the largest collection in the world. The museum is also actively preserving this rare and fragile art so that they may be enjoyed and researched for years to come.
A Veterans Wall of Honor has been dedicated to support the operations of this celebrated historical museum by giving permanent recognition to all veterans who served in any of the U.S. Armed Forces. And the CAF’s American Combat Airman Hall of Fame recognizes Americans who served in the air during any war or conflict in a manner that reflects credit upon the fighting men and women of the United States.
Current temporary exhibits include an exhibit focusing on a very rare, innovative Russian fighter from the 1930s (pictured above), the art of combat artist and LIFE Magazine correspondent Peter Hurd - told through his 58 works of pen and ink, ink washes, watercolors, and egg temperas, and others.
The museum's permanent collection focuses on the complete history of World War II military aviation culture and the material culture of the World War II era; it is one of most complete collections of World War II aviation culture in the United States and represents all of the axis and allies that participated in the air wars of World War II. The AAHM collects items, artifacts, and historical information of inherent value to World War II aviation and related culture, focusing on the period of 1939 - 1945. The collections are utilized for exhibits, research, and educational programs that support the AAHM mission.
The American Airpower Heritage Museum is conveniently located at Midland International Airport half way between the cities of Midland and Odessa, Texas. Both cities offer a wide variety of accommodations, transportation and attractions making your visit to the museum easy.
For more information about the American Airpower Heritage Museum, visit the official Web Site.