What to know
From its days as an Army Airfield until closing in 1992 as a major Strategic Air Command facility, the Blytheville Air Force Base told many stories. Hear those stories come to life from the soldiers who served at the BAFB Exhibition. See original furniture from the famous alert compound, pictures, uniforms & other memorabilia including a tribute to General Ira C. Eaker, namesake for the last official name of the base. Facts and stories are all yours to absorb as you stand on a great piece of history, directly adjacent to the flight line.
The former base protected the country from Cold War threats and played a role in other conflicts, such as Vietnam and Desert Storm. Perhaps the most powerful room in the museum, The Memorial Room relates personal stories of soldiers who survived as well as those of soldiers who gave their lives in warfare including a first-hand account of the event that took lives and sent others to the famed “Hanoi Hilton.”
Personal correspondence, mementos and more... It’s all at the BAFB Exhibition. The BAFB Exhibition is the first phase of the National Cold War Center that will tell the story of the war that saved the world.