Barron Field Placed on Historic Fort Worth's Most Endanger Places List for 2015
Each year since 2004 Historic Fort Worth, Inc. has named local site to its Most Endangered Places list. For the second year in a row, we have nominated an historic aviation landmark for consideration. Last year, two World War I sites associated with Hicks Field were selected. This year Barron Field was nominated and selected for the Most Endangered List.
The Historic Fort Worth listing reads as follows.
"Fort Worth’s aviation history is a unique treasure that is still not fully understood or interpreted. Among
other distinctions, Fort Worth was home to the first commercial airline
in the US, the site of the world’s only helium production plant, was
headquarters of the US Army Air Forces Training Command during World War
II, and was the departure and arrival point for the first non-stop
around-the-world flight. Fort Worth was also home to the most US Army
Air Service pilot training fields during World War I, including Barron
Field, constructed between September and November 1917. The one square
mile flying field was a training site for American Air Service and
Canadian Royal Flying Corps pilots.
Training at Barron Field ceased in mid-1919
and the field became an Army aviation equipment storage and disposal
site. In August 1921, the government sold all but approximately 100
acres of the property along the west side of the field. The War
Department maintained a lease on this property until 1924 and used it as
a landing field to support cross-country flights by US Army Air Service
pilots and the Post Office airmail planes. It was also used as Fort
Worth’s first municipal airport.
Buildings and hangars were constructed along
what is now Everman Parkway and spanned the northern portion of the
flying field. This property could contain significant remnants of Barron
Field, including foundations for as many as 4 of the 15 hangars on the
field as well as foundations for the water tower, aero repair, school,
aero supply, quartermaster supply, fire station, administration
building, oil reclamation building, guard house, and portions of two
barracks and a mess hall. Remnants of two pump houses and the water and sewer system may also be present.
This 12-acre site may be the last remaining
piece of any WWI flying field in the country. Though the buildings no
longer stand, the site is pivotal to interpreting this chapter of Fort
Worth's history. In addition to the physical connection to interpreting
history, Barron Field is an important archaeological resource with the
potential to help us understand what life was like for the pilots
training on this site."
This is an important first step in preserving our aviation heritage and we appreciate our nomination being selected for this year.
History not told is heritage lost.
Hops and Props Update
Thank to all for making Hops and Props a huge success. Plan now to attend next May.
Thanks for your support.
Don't Miss This Event
Saturday, May 16th, 2015
A new fly-in and craft beer festival is coming to the Metroplex at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum.
Our plans are almost complete for a first ever fly-in and craft beer festival here in the Metroplex and it will all happen at Meacham Airport at our museum.
Saturday, May 16th will be a free Open House at the museum to view the fly-in aircraft close up. The theme for this year's fly-in is "Commemorating Operation Frequent Wind,"
that marked the end of the Vietnam War. We are inviting Marine helicopter units to join us as well as a variety of civilian warbirds to commemorate the 40th anniversary of this action.
In the afternoon, The Hops and Props Craft Beer Festival will run from 1 PM to 5 PM. Beer tasting from brewers in the area will be available for a fee. We will also have live music, family friendly vendors and other attractions.
In addition, for a truly unique experience, we will be offering beer tasting flights. Through special arrangements with The Flagship Detroit Foundation and Greatest Generation Aircraft, we will be offering 30 minute beer tasting flights on a vintage DC-3 airliner, the "Flagship Detroit" and a classic C-47 transport aircraft, the "Southern Cross."
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, May 16th, 2015.
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2015 North Texas Aviation Landmarks and Historic Site report now available
We have just completed our 2015 edition of our annual aviation landmarks and historic sites report. This year's report has expanded to 40 topics. Again this year, we begin the report with sites we consider to be under threat of deterioration, development or destruction.
Beginning in last year, we published
a list of aviation related sites and landmarks relevant to the history of
aviation in North Texas. This year’s
list contains forty locations. The sites
are listed in one of five groups. In the
first group are sites we consider threatened for various reasons and require
attention to be protected from loss or damage.
The next group lists sites that should be considered for Texas Historic
Commission markers, and our priorities in pursuing recognition for those
sites. Priority is based on historical
significance, locations with high visibility, ease of access for placement of a
and potential for raising required funding to apply for and pay
for a marker. In some instances, such as
Meacham Airport, markers will recognize a group of events or individuals based
on activities in and around the area.
in the third group are locations already identified with Texas Historical
Commission (THC) markers and are considered safe. The fourth group lists locations already
recognized by some type of marker, such as local markers, Recorded Texas
Historical Landmarks (RTHL) or National Registry of Historic Places (NRHP). These are considered “safe sites” and efforts
to pursue Texas Historical Commission recognition is not a high priority at
this point if the aviation-related significance is noted. The final group is new. It is a list of graves, homesteads and
airfields. Graves and homesteads refer
to people who have made significant contributions to aviation here and where
they lived. Most if not all of these
locations need more research.
sites are under consideration for this list, but need more research before we
welcome assistance, suggestions and participation from anyone in our community with an
interest in aviation and research. No experience
needed; consider this a crowd sourcing opportunity and join us. If you would like to help or know of a site
we should consider, please contact us at Info@FtwAviation.com.
Fund Raising Continues for our
A-12 Avenger II "Flying Dorito" Shelter.
Dear Friend of the
Fort Worth Aviation Museum,
With your help, we’ll raise funds to bring our aviation heritage to more people
and preserve a special piece of our local aviation industry history.
If you make a gift online, we will earn matching funds from a private matching
gifts donor, making your support go even further.
Here's how you can help our community and your museum.
The aviation industry has had a profound impact on the
culture and economy of North Texas.
Did you know….
- Since 1941, over 68,000
aircraft have been manufactured in the Fort Worth area. Those aircraft
added over $1 trillion, in today’s money, to the local economy, and
that does not include the contributions made by the airlines, air freight
forwarders, aircraft maintenance operators, flight training schools and
other aviation-related businesses.
- Today, one in five jobs
in the Metroplex is aviation-related.
- Fort Worth is the global
headquarters for American Airlines.
- Lockheed Martin’s F-35
Joint-Strike Fighter, the most advanced jet fighter in the world, has
begun rolling off the assembly line in Fort Worth, along with
sophisticated military and civilian helicopters manufactured by Bell
But with all this, our North Texas aviation heritage is
disappearing and time is not on our side.
We in Fort Worth are rightly passionate about our heritage.
We embrace our western heritage at places like the Historic Stockyards, the
Cattle Raisers Museum and the National Cowgirl Museum. But aviation helped put Fort Worth on the
map, too—and in a big way!
For instance, Fort Worth….
- Was home to three US Army
Air Service flying fields in World War I,
- Was the third largest
domestic and international airmail processing center in the US,
- Was the headquarters for
the US Army Air Force’s Training Command in World War II, and
- Was the departure and
arrival point for the first non-stop flight around the world.
Our small Fort Worth Aviation Museum at Meacham Field houses
the only historical displays documenting a small portion of our area’s rich
aviation heritage. We are committed, however, to growing the museum to assure
all aspects of that heritage are preserved and showcased to educate and inspire
present and future generations. But to succeed at this goal, we need your
Recently, the museum was awarded a $50,000 matching funds
grant, but it can only be used with new funds received for two critically
important projects. Here’s how you
can help preserve Fort Worth’s rich aviation heritage and make it available
to a broader audience:
First: The museum has acquired an aging bookmobile. It can be converted into a mobile museum to
showcase Fort Worth’s aviation history at public venues and schools. Your tax-deductible contribution will allow
us to refurbish, modify, and take our heritage on the road to share it
with more people. Our goal is to raise $30,000 for this project. With the matching funds grant, we only need
to raise $15,000 to make this happen.
Click above to help with the Mobile Museum.
the1980s, General Dynamics helped develop a new stealth attack aircraft called
the A-12 “Avenger II” (nicknamed “The Flying Dorito”). That project was cancelled in 1991. All that
remains is a full-scale aircraft mockup on loan to the museum from the City of
Fort Worth. Since 1991, it has been stored out-of-doors and is
deteriorating. We need a shelter to
protect this one-of-a-kind artifact.
Your tax-deductible contribution will help preserve this significant
piece of aviation history for our community and future generations. Our goal is to raise $40,000 for a
shelter. With the matching funds grant,
we only need to raise $20,000 for this project.
Clock above to help with the A-12 Shelter.
In November 1963, in his last public speech, President
Kennedy remarked that Fort Worth was “… a great western city that believed in
the strength of this country…” He added,
“And in that great cause—as it did in World War II—Fort Worth will play its
proper part.” That was 51 years ago, and
we are still playing our part today.
One of our researchers recently commented, “Heritage not
shared is heritage lost.” Please help us
assure that doesn’t happen here. Join us
in preserving and sharing our rich aviation heritage to educate and inspire
present and future generations.
PS: We hope you will consider making a contribution of $100
or more to either or both of the above-described projects. Because of the matching funds grant, every
tax-deductible dollar you contribute will double in value to the museum, so you
can make a big difference with your generous contribution and your support will
be greatly appreciated. A contribution card and a self-addressed envelope are
enclosed for your use. Thank you very much.
Prefer to help in other ways, here are more options:
OV-10/FACM General Donation
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