Veterans unselfishly gave their service, and sometimes their lives, so that we could enjoy all the freedoms that we do today. Recognizing and providing aviation experiences to Veterans and their families is our way of showing our appreciation for their sacrifices. Money cannot buy the kind of joy you see in their eyes when flying in one of these historic planes. Here at Mid America Flight Museum, we are dedicated to preserving the memory of these Veterans and the planes they flew to defend our freedom. In 2013, Mid America Flight Museum gave more than 600 free rides to Veterans and their families, and this mission will continue.
Aviation provides kids an opportunity to be a part of something that will be with them for life. Some may do nothing with it, while others may learn to fly and use this skill to reach new heights. There are many roads available to kids who have learned to fly. These include careers in the Military, Corporate Aviation, and Airlines. These are just a few of the major opportunities for up and coming pilots. Without a “Mentor” at a young age, many kids never even consider aviation as a field for them. Mid America Flight Museum may not be able to change the world, but it can have a positive influence on a few young aviators each year!
Providing Opportunity for Community Involvement
How many people retire from a long time job and have absolutely nothing to do? Mid America Flight Museum will offer people who want to get involved, an opportunity to continue to expand their knowledge base in aviation and serve the community at the same time. We have multiple aircraft restoration projects in the works that provide hours of fun and educational fellowship with other people in the community. Making friends, preserving history, and mentoring others are very rewarding! Folks that help with the Museum will all get to participate in the flying events!
Preserving Aviation History
Multiple factors, including the expense of maintaining these historic airplanes, have caused many aviation museums to have only static aircraft. It is our belief that airplanes were built to fly! Taking an old airplane that most everyone else has given up on and restoring it back to flying condition is extremely rewarding. Like antique cars, they are not building any more of these, so it is our goal to be good stewards of the resources we have to keep these aircraft flying.