301 FW Commanders and Honorary Commanders join together for aviation heritage

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  • By Staff Sgt. Randall Moose
  • 301st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Commanders and Honorary Commanders from the 301st Fighter Wing visited the Fort Worth Aviation Museum on November 6th, 2020, in an effort to stay connected in the midst of the pandemic.

This Honorary Commanders event allows wing leadership the opportunity to engage with local civic leaders, with the focus of building relationships between the 301 FW and its’ surrounding community. Having commanders and civic leaders continuously coming together is key to the program’s success. This event was able to take place thanks to the FWAM’s outdoor setting.

The FWAM is dedicated to preserving military aviation and educating younger generations. It also builds a bridge between military members and their community.

“It is always good to have veterans here,” said Jim Hodgson, FWAM executive director. “We are a Blue Star museum and most of our volunteers are veterans. We work to preserve the history of the area because aviation has done so much for this community.”

The museum has over 25 military aircraft on display, ranging from aircraft built in 1960 to 1983. They also have multiple flight simulators available to the public. As a Blue Star Museum, they offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families.

“It is phenomenal to see what aircraft we had in the past, compared to today’s aircraft,” said Maritta Sumner, Fort Worth Air Power Council vice chairman. “This is a great opportunity to connect the general public with the military. The flight simulator is a uniquely stimulating experience.”

In response to COVID-19, members wore masks and maintained an appropriate distance.

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