Texas Air & Space Museum's goal is to
establish and maintain a premier aviation museum to honor the servicemen,
servicewomen, aviators and astronauts of
northwest Texas and to provide the youth of this five state
area an opportunity to see and touch the technology of tomorrow's world. The
board includes the most
experienced and dedicated aviation professionals in the Amarillo and Texas
and they bring
with them a dedication to country and freedom
that has its beginnings prior to World War II.
Texas Air & Space Museum (TASM) board members have demonstrated a hope to
“plant trees under which they may never sit to enjoy the shade” - exhibiting
selfless dedication to this effort. In doing so,
borrowed on the better parts of past efforts regionally in order
to bring to northwest Texas a museum of national
TASM plans to include air shows, aviation events, locally supported
gatherings, events with Boy and Girl Scouts, Big Brothers /Big Sisters, Civil Air
Patrol, Commemorative Air Force, Boys Ranch and Girls Town, to name but a few.
While much is known about the dedication or service records of
board members, modesty precludes sharing some of the cost with which our freedom
One of our board members is Florene Miller Watson.
In the late 1930's, Florene Miller Watson's father purchased a
Luscombe Silvaire airplane to teach his two sons and daughter to fly. His
neighbors and the community expressed concern at this unusual act. He responded
to them that we would be at war and he wanted his children to be able to
contribute to the effort.
The children did learn, and as adults, they
contributed greatly to the war effort in helping to preserve our freedom. That
“sacrifice” cost Mr. Miller and one son their lives in that same aircraft before
the war began.
But, one of his children, Florene Miller Watson, "qualified
for the original Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron,
later known as the Women's Airforce Service Pilots
(WASP). In January, 1943, she was made Commanding
Officer over the WASP stationed at Love Field, Dallas,
Texas. Watson later served as a test pilot, and, in
1944, tested radar equipment before its general use in
the war. By the time the war was over, Watson had flown
every kind of aircraft used by the Air Corp except for
We do not want to forget those, nor the many sacrifices made by
the men, women, and families on the ground, in the air, and in space for the
freedoms and opportunities that we, as Americans, and many other countries enjoy
of these and countless others, plus the rich histories and
dreams of northwest Texas, need to be chronicled
and made available to future generations and a grateful nation.
The Texas Air & Space Museum will now provide a full range of services
tailored to the vintage, warbird and collectible aircraft owner. Aircraft
purchased as investments, restorations, maintenance, care and display of rare
aircraft can all be managed "under one roof."
Air Field and
Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette Aviation Art Store.