Flight Of The Phoenix Aviation Museum

Flight Of The Phoenix Aviation Museum Educating, encouraging, and inspiring youth to pursue a career in aviation related fields. We encourage patriotism and honor our military.
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We’ve recently added a new portal in the museum website called a blast from the past. http://flightofthephoenix.org/blas...
05/14/2019
Blasts From The Past | Flight of the Phoenix Aviation Museum, Inc.

We’ve recently added a new portal in the museum website called a blast from the past.

http://flightofthephoenix.org/blasts-from-the-past/

Lots of museum history especially our wonderful run of air shows that were so
well attended and everyone loved.

Sulphur River Exploration Company CEO Rex Corey, Jr. is a hard-working Texas oilman based in Dallas whose company is one of Upshur County's most active oil and gas producers, bringing with it a substantial stream of revenue to local mineral interest owners and to the local tax base. Sulphur River is...

12/16/2018
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in honor of Billy Machen. A legend within the SEAL community From Billy's sacrifice in Vietnam came the phrase NO MAN LEFT BEHIND DEAD OR ALIVE. One of Billy's team mates carried his body during the extract from the site where he triggered the Vietcong ambush in order to prevent his team mates being caught in the VC kill zone. The man carrying his body declared that dead or alive, he'd never leave a team mate behind. It was that declaration that gave birth to the tradition in teams of NO MAN LEFT BEHIND DEAD OR ALIVE....which has now become a general proclamation of the entire armed forces.

Interestingly, Coach Matt Turner for the Gilmer Buckeyes where Billy had played high school football,
selected NO MAN LEFT BEHIND DEAD OR ALIVE as the motto of the team for 2018. Coach Turner was unaware that a former m,ember of his Buckeye legacy was the origin of the motto.

The museum is currently preparing to fly for the Dallas Veterans Day Parade. This year the parade commemorates the 100th...
10/11/2018
DVDP | Parade Planning

The museum is currently preparing to fly for the Dallas Veterans Day Parade. This year the parade commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of WW I. We are organizing a flight of three PT-17 Stearman aircraft to represent WW I aircraft. First, a flight of four T-38 jets from Sheppard AFB will perform a fly-past (at almost the speed of sound) at 1120 local. Then our flight of PT-17’s will fly-past the reviewing stand at at Dallas City Hall at 1200 noon. (PT-17’s fly at the speed of smell).

http://www.vetsdayindallas.org/plans.htm

In 2018 the Veterans Day parade will be in downtown Dallas. It will be on MONDAY, November 12th, with massing of the colors and the 11th hour (11:00 AM) ceremony in front of City Hall. The parade will commence following the official ceremony (approximately 1 hour). The route will start at Reunion Ar...

09/20/2018
HD Documentary 2016 : F 4 Phantom Vs Mig21 Hell Over Hanoi Documentary History

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5XkIZjspjs

This amazing History Channel story takes you right into the heart and soul of the incredible air war over North Vietnam. Fred Olmsted was my best friend and wingman in the USAF from 1964 til 1969. We flew together days on end as advanced jet instructor pilots teaching our student pilots and sharing with them the skills needed to join forces the very best pilots in the US Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Army; which all combined outperformed the rest of the world military’s air arms.

As best friends, Fredo and I spent many a weekend in Gilmer visiting my friends and family; he loved his trips to Vernon to visit LK’s Mom and Dad, Houston and Mary Belew. I spent weekends in Chula Vista near San Diego with his family, especially sharing the fighter pilots beverage with his dad, Fred,Sr. The T-38 Talon is still a fine traveling machine. Fredo was the first International Advisory Board member of Flight of the Phoenix Aviation Museum. Fighter Ace Steve Ritchie also visited us in Gilmer and joined our board.

The MiG pilot, Hong My, that Dan Cherry shot down that you will see parachuting to earth in the video; yDan sought him out after the war and the two became friends.

https://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/above-and-beyond-my-enemy-my-friend-57179945/

They have built an incredible friendship, made family visits in both US and Vietnam, and helped heal the wounds inflicted by both sides during the war. What a story. Enjoy the movie.

09/14/2018
Mighty Planes / T-38 Talon

https://youtu.be/2MTXNWQNP2g

The T-38 is a dream machine ... since 1958 and still flying. The USAF let me serve as a flight instructor. The highlight of my flying career.

The T-38 Talon is a twin-engine, two-seat, supersonic marvel. It climbs 30,000 feet per minute, flies at a speed of 858 miles per hour, and rolls up to 300 d...

09/05/2018

Eglin Joint Base Command located near Ft. Walton, Florida, is presently the
largest Military Complex in the world and encompasses a large contingent of
Air Force units, Naval Warfare units, and the 7th Army Special Forces and
6th Army Rangers.
My home is exactly 5 miles outside the main gate of Eglin AFB.
Most folks in the USA don't live in a Military Town, with lots of guys in
uniform walking the streets and jets overhead daily. They go on with their
lives unaware of what a Military Town is all about. And that's OK… but I
want to share with you what it's like to live in a Military Town. We see
guys in uniform all the time, we have state of the art, high-performance
aircraft in the air nearby all day long. We hear the SOUND OF FREEDOM when
an F-22 or F-35 streaks over the house… and we read in the local paper,
some times daily, but at least weekly, of the loss of one of our own in
combat in the Middle East.

And that is what brings me to the reason for this email.

Staff Sergeant Mark DeAlencar was 37 years old, had a family and was a
Green Beret with the 7th Army Special Forces stationed here in
the Fort Walton area. He was killed on April 8, 2018, while fighting
Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan. In January of this year, he was
deployed for the second time to Afghanistan. He promised his adopted
daughter, Octavia, that he would be home for her High School Graduation.
He didn't make it. But she went to graduation anyway. And in the audience
were eighty (80) US 7th Armed Special Forces soldiers from her dad’s unit
in full Parade Dress Uniform. Additionally, they brought THEIR FAMILIES to
be with them, as well.

And as Octavia ascended the steps to the stage to receive her diploma THEY
ALL SILENTLY STOOD UP. And when she was presented her diploma they ALL
CHEERED, CLAPPED, WHISTLED… and YES, CRIED. Everyone in attendance then
stood up and cried and cheered. Octavia had graduated and yes she had lost
her Dad… but she had 80 other DADS to stand there with her and take his
place. I just wanted to share this moment with you… and remind you that
THIS IS WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE IN A MILITARY TOWN. This is the
real America we all love… and I'm proud to be part of it. May God bless our
men in uniform and their families who give so much.

(Take a second to pass this along to someone you know. It's the least we
can do for Octavia and SSgt Mark DeAlencar, 7th Special Forces, United
States Army.)

And these do-nothing, accomplishment-less, shameless, punk sports figures
who are so proud of their juvenile take-a-knee crap… WOW!

We’ve started a GoFundMe campaign for the museum. Help pass the word.
09/03/2018
Click here to support Aviation education for preteen kids organized by Steve Dean

We’ve started a GoFundMe campaign for the museum. Help pass the word.

The museum’s goal is to provide area school children with a learning laboratory for aviation awareness and education. With a variety of historical displays a special effort is made to recognize community keaders who have contributed to community heritage through aviation. Hands on interaction wit....

First Saturday every month....car show on the square in Gilmer 8 AM til 11 AM.  Free. Come on.
08/24/2018

First Saturday every month....car show on the square in Gilmer 8 AM til 11 AM. Free. Come on.

08/24/2018
Jonathan

Flight of the Phoenix arranged a flight in the Stearman for a gentleman who is in hospice......he wanted the flight for his Bucket List.....God bless.

This act based in Gilmer with Flight of the Phoenix Aviation Museum.
08/21/2018

This act based in Gilmer with Flight of the Phoenix Aviation Museum.

These two planes will fight to the death at the Airshow of the Cascades in Madras Oregon. It happens Aug 24-25.
Visit www.Cascadeairshow.com for more details.

AIR SHOW FOR YAMBOREE FIREWORKS SHOWFlight of the Phoenix Aviation Museum is showcasing its Team Escadrille for the annu...
06/28/2018

AIR SHOW FOR YAMBOREE FIREWORKS SHOW
Flight of the Phoenix Aviation Museum is showcasing its Team Escadrille for the annual Independence Day Fireworks extravaganza. Dallas area pilots Carl Best and Steve Afeman will perform their traditional 4th of July airshow while team leader Steve Dean directs and narrates the
program from show-center. Music and sound director Jody Pearson from Lufkin TX provides the patriotic musical score.
“We are fortunate to have civic minded patrons whose generosity makes the airshow possible.” reported Museum Director Steve Dean, “Thanks to museum sponsors, Gilmer residents and guests enjoy a top flight show.”
The program will be broadcast real time on local FM radio 99.1
Yamboree event producer/director Randy Hill and his co- producer Phil Fowler “of Dr. Phil and Road Kill Hill Productions” invite everyone to come out and enjoy the evening. The airshow begins promptly at 8:30 PM. Fireworks begin at 9 P.M.
For questions/more Information call the Yamboree Office at 903 843- 2413

Flying over Gilmer
T-6 WW II vintage trainers
Both these aircraft were manufactured in Dallas in 1943.

The museum’s CJ-10 airport tug prepared for display at the Father’s Day breakfast/car show at FBC in Gilmer. The tug is ...
06/24/2018

The museum’s CJ-10 airport tug prepared for display at the Father’s Day breakfast/car show at FBC in Gilmer.

The tug is shown in the livery of NAS Meridian MS, VT-7 and VT-9 Training Squadrons.

The 600 gallon drop tank is from the 47th Fighter Squadron at Barksdale AFB LA where it had been used as a center line drop tank for the 47th’s A-10 Warthogs.

06/13/2018
Breckenridge Airshow 2018 Trailer

Scott Glover, our neighbor and fiend at the Mid America Flight Museum in Mt Pleasant TX, shared this video from Breckenridge. Scott and his museum pilots took 8 warbirds to the show. Good work Scott!

https://youtu.be/Vl4StJUS3G4

The 2018 Breckenridge airshow was a fantastic time!! Many pilots and museum's flew their planes to Breckenridge to participate in this years airshow. We can'...

We had the MUTT jeep on display again today at the Gilmer Car Show. Always very popular with the kids and cherished by t...
06/02/2018

We had the MUTT jeep on display again today at the Gilmer Car Show. Always very popular with the kids and cherished by the veterans.

Lt. Richard Potter. One of the WW II veterans honored in the museum. Dick flew as navigator on the crew of B-17 Screamin...
05/26/2018

Lt. Richard Potter. One of the WW II veterans honored in the museum. Dick flew as navigator on the crew of B-17 Screaming Eagle out of Grafton Underwood in Yorkshire north of London. His was the 384th Bomb Group. His story is presented on the museum website. Like so many WW II combat veterans, he rarely spoke of his wartime experiences. As president of Gilmer Potteries, Potter and his wife Daisy became one of Gilmer’s premier citizens of their adopted home town. There’s not enough space here on FB to adequately share their story.

06/24/2017

One of our museum friends has spoken for the popcorn machine. Thanks for your support!

04/05/2016

The raffle for the 1988 Dodge museum fundraiser was won by
ALICE RAGLAND from Gilmer TX.
Thank everyone for their participation and support.

Col. Robert “Silver Fox” Stephens’ family was honored at the Gilmer, Texas July 3 Airshow and Fireworks Display at Bucke...
07/05/2015

Col. Robert “Silver Fox” Stephens’ family was honored at the Gilmer, Texas July 3 Airshow and Fireworks Display at Buckeye Stadium. Col. Stephens’ family is pictured below (l-r) grandson, Stephen Gresch, grandson, widow, Joy, daughter, Lila Lou with her husband. The event commemorated the 50th anniversary of Col. Stephens setting world records in both altitude and speed in a YF-12/SR-71 Blackbird. At precisely 8:14PM, two Black T-35/F-5 Aircraft performed a ceremonial fly-past over the stadium. Stephen Covington then performed an aerobatic routine in his Christen Eagle II. Finally, two Warbirds performed an aerial ballet (second photo). The airshow was moderated and choreographed by Steve Dean from the Flight of the Phoenix Aviation Museum. Gilmer’s Mayor, Tim Marshall presented Mrs. Stephens with a proclamation from the city of Gilmer. In the third photo, Col. Stephens’ widow Joy is holding the proclamation, also pictured is her daughter Lila Lou and Steve Dean.

Gilmer’s Air Show & Fireworks Program will be on July 3, 2015 at Buckeye Stadium in Gilmer, Texas.  Gates open at 7:30PM...
06/29/2015

Gilmer’s Air Show & Fireworks Program will be on July 3, 2015 at Buckeye Stadium in Gilmer, Texas. Gates open at 7:30PM, Airshow begins at 8:30PM. This year’s Air Show is in honor of Col. Robert L. “Silver Fox” Stephens (Pictured below) and the BlackBird test force at Edwards AFB which he commanded. On May 1, 1965, Col. Stephens, a Gilmer native, set new world altitude and speed records (second photo) in the YF-12/SR-71 Blackbird (third photo)…and the Blackbird still maintains those absolute world records to this day…50 years later. Gilmer’s airport was later renamed “Fox Stephens Field” in 2000 to honor Col. Stephens. Col. Stephens widow Joy, Daughter Lila Lou, and grandson Stephen Gresch will be in attendance. At 8:14 PM, two Black T-38/F-5 Aircraft signifying the Skunk Works Stealth Fighter Initiative, the genesis of which was the YF-12/SR-71 Blackbird will perform a ceremonial fly-past commemorating the 50 year anniversary of Col. Stephens’ record-breaking flight. Following the T-38 fly-past, Stephen Covington (SRC Airshow) will perform a barnstormer aerobatic routine in his Cristen Eagle II. Then promptly at sunset, 8:29 PM, Team FENIX will perform their 12 minute vintage warbird Smoke, Lights, and Noise routine to the stirring sounds of a patriotic themed musical score. From 8:45 until 9:15 PM, a patriotic music program honoring the men and women veterans who served in America’s forgotten war…the Korean War, an armed conflict between Communist and Non-Communist forces in Korea from June 25, 1950 through July 27, 1953. During the Korean War Musical tribute, a reception will be held in the main viewing area honoring Mrs. Joy Stephens and her family, and the Korean War Veterans. At 9:15 PM, the Community Fireworks program kicks off literally with a Big Bang and goes on for thirty minutes…capping off a glorious celebration of Independence Day in the USA. God Bless America!

COMING SOON TO FOTPAM!In celebration of President Eisenhower’s historic flight in the Aero Commander, FOTPAM will soon u...
06/25/2015

COMING SOON TO FOTPAM!
In celebration of President Eisenhower’s historic flight in the Aero Commander, FOTPAM will soon unveil the transformation of November One One Lima from its traditional paint job (Photo below with Captain Steve Dean) to Ike’s blue and white Little Air Force One (read story at: http://airportjournals.com/ikes-aero-commander/) . When it is completed, it will be on exhibit at FOTPAM and will be available for static display at air shows.

HONORING WORLD WAR II VETERANSBill Dean, pictured on left with his nephew Captain Steve Dean, is a World War II veteran....
06/11/2015

HONORING WORLD WAR II VETERANS

Bill Dean, pictured on left with his nephew Captain Steve Dean, is a World War II veteran. He was 16 years old when he enlisted in the service and had to have his parents’ permission to join. (second photo). He served in the 31st Naval Construction Battalion Seabees and his battalion worked its way across the pacific building harbors and air fields until 1945 when they were at the tip of the spear on the invasion of Iwo Jima. After helping the first four waves disembark and head for the Iwo Jima beaches, his group came ashore under fire and started constructing runways suitable to handle the B-29 bombers that were initiating the raids on Japan. At wars end he assisted with the occupation of Japan until his group was released for return to the United States. His brother, Everett Dean also served in the Pacific in the Seabees. The brothers endured their entire wartime service without taking leave from the combat theater of operations. In the last photo, Bill shares his experiences with his daughter Ginger and his nephew Captain Steve Dean.

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43 Aviation Dr
Gilmer, TX
75644

Airport Courtesy Car for Fly-In Visitors

Opening Hours

Monday 13:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00
Friday 13:00 - 16:00

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(903) 790-7435

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Hello, I am trying to contact a manager regarding field trip options. If you can have them email me ([email protected]) at their earliest convenience I would greatly appreciate it. Cheers! Chris