Walnut Ridge Hosts Air Field Reunion April 5-6

walnut ridge flying school oldThe 15th annual Air Field Reunion is slated for April 5-6 at the Wings of Honor World War II Museum in Walnut Ridge. The event is a reunion of former airfield personnel, both military and civilian, that worked and trained at the facility during World War II. Activities include museum and airfield tours, a memorial service, self-guided tours, bus tours, a barbecue luncheon and a silent auction.

In 1999, the Wings of Honor World War II Museum (formerly known as the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School Museum) was formed to preserve the history of the airfield, one of seven schools established in Arkansas during World War II. Located on the grounds of the Walnut Ridge Airport, the museum traces the history of the school and houses collection of war-related books and videos.walnut ridge army flying school old2 The museum also houses an extensive collection of World War II nose art (nose art appeared on or near the “nose” of military aircraft).

The school was opened on August 1942 and training classes began in October. In less than two years, the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School graduated over 4,500 students.

The museum is located at 70 S. Beacon Road in Walnut Ridge, on the grounds of the Walnut Ridge Airport. For more information visit www.WingsofHonor.org or contact the museum at 800-584-5575.

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