Bill Huthmacher elected chairman of museum board

New officers for the No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum gather around the school’s historical marker. The new board includes Executive Director Rudy Bowling, Chairman of the Board of Directors Bill Huthmacher, Treasurer Jill Baltz and Secretary Margaret Briggs.

The No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum has announced the election of Bill Huthmacher as chairman of its board of directors.

The museum’s other new officers include vice chairman Jerry Pearsall, secretary Margaret Briggs, and treasurer Jill Baltz. The board has also announced the appointment of Rudy Bowling as executive director of the organization.

Other board members include Raenell Davis, Jim Evans, Paul Finnegan, Chris Hamilton, Bernie Schaefer Jr., Mike Siemann, Raymond Sparks and Barry Watson.

The museum is in the process of establishing an advisory board which will help guide the organization as it moves forward with new programs, creating an education center and expansion.

The museum’s next major event is the Flights of Our Fathers Air Show and Fly In set for Sept. 21 at the Terrell Municipal Airport. The event will include a lineup of warbirds, aerobatics and precision flying teams. 

The Fly In will be followed by the Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride on Sept. 28. Motorcycle riders from around North Texas will join bike riders from around the world for the eleventh annual ride to honor fallen heroes from the allied forces anywhere in the world.

Riders from East Texas join a Fort Worth contingent for a parade from the museum through downtown Terrell to Oakland Memorial Park where 20 cadets who died in tranining accidents in World War II are buried.

The No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum is located at 119 Silent Wings Boulevard in Terrell. It was established in 1987 to house, collect and display memorabilia related to the operation of the flying school at the Terrell Municipal Airport during World War II. One of only six flight schools in the country set up by the U.S. military, civilian instructors at the flying school taught more than 2,000 young, English aviators to fly from 1941 to 1945. The Terrell community welcomed the young airmen and continues to care for the graves of the 20 cadets and instructors who died during training exercises.

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