The Museum room is located in the main lobby of the terminal. It is dedicated to display and honor the history of Bartow Air Base.
The displays are historical artifacts and memorabilia of the personnel who trained and lived at Bartow Air Base.
The Museum promotes fly-ins of all general aviation and supports educational events for the local community and national programs.
The T-37 "Tweety" was the last of the USAF aircraft to operate at Bartow Air Base. Notable other significant pilots in service got thier wings at Bartow Air Base, is the former Assistant Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Lieutenant General Thomas G. McInerney, and was the first graduate of the USAF Academy to achieve 4-star rank, General Hansford T. Johnson.
Astronauts Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr., Ed White, and Karol Bobko, got thier wings at Bartow Air Base. Buzz Aldrin came to Bartow in 1951 to receive his first flight training after graduating from West Point. Buzz learned and earned his wings at Bartow Air Base. He went on to be a fighter pilot in the Korean War conflict, many years before he would become an astronaut, flying on Gemini and Apollo missions, including the first moonwalk mission, on July 20, 1969.
The NASA Lear Jet Model 23/24 was used by Astronauts for tests, recurrency and flight familiarization from 1966 through the 1980's. This aircraft is a Legacy flight honoring Astronauts of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. This aircraft is on display and also is flight airworthy scheduled to perform and be on display at airshows and events to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Moon landing of Apollo 11.
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