FOTPAM Museum's Steve and Linda Kay hope the aviation museum will provide area school children with a learning laboratory for aviation education. With a variety of displays, they are making a special effort to recognize community leaders who have contributed to Gilmer's heritage through aviation.
This is a typical question from visitors when they catch a glimpse of this unique airplane hangar at the Gilmer-Upshur County Airport. The multi-use building not only houses an operations base for Dean Lumber Company's business aircraft, but is also home to the Flight of the Phoenix Aviation Museum. The museum provides local school groups an opportunity to learn more about the diverse role that aviation plays in their daily lives. Dean received the Texas Forestry Association Award for Best Design in Wood Buildings for 1997.
TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Many people think there's nothing more patriotic than a flying World War II aircraft, and a Gilmer man does his best to give people just that. And he coordinates the T6 Texan Air show which features at least two vintage war birds trailing smoke and thrilling crowds.
Retired from the Air Force, Steve Dean has been a pilot for years.
He's pretty much taken himself out of the pilot's seat because of a bad knee, but he's still very involved in flight and helps present air shows featuring his buddies flying T6 Texans....
GILMER, TX (KLTV) - Children gathered at the Flight of the Phoenix Aviation Museum in Gilmer witnessed the recreation of a historic event that took place during World War II.
On Wednesday, pilots recreated what's known as the Candy Bomber. During World War II, Col. Gail "Hal" Halvorsen, dropped candy to children in Berlin after Russia cut off their food supply.
Fast forward to 2019 and some East Texas children were taken back to World War II.
A hundred 5th graders ran toward sweet victory, as small bags of candy dropped from the sky....