Flight of The Phoenix Aviation Museum is thinking of the Texas community and the effects of COVID-19. We hope to aid the community as much as possible to help the public band together to get through this time.

We have moved all planes to the Mid-America Flight Museum in Mount Pleasant. The Mid-America Flight Museum is open on Saturdays from 10am-2pm with no charge for admission. Our museum in Gilmer is focusing on collections and archives as well and planning our commitments for air shows and displays.

Flight of the Phoenix Aviation Museum is dedicated to:

Honoring Veterans

Nurturing Patriotism

Preserving Heritage

Education First

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.

"Is this a church or a cathedral?"

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.

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aviation museum with airplane in flight gilmer, tx
aviation museum with airplane in flight gilmer, tx
airplanes performing a flyover


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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....

Sweet surprise: Pilot recreates 'Candy Bomber' flight for kids in Gilmer

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....

FOTPAM Ebay Aviation Parts Fundraiser

100% of proceeds go to the museum