"It is my fondest hope that the sign of the Flying Tiger will remain aloft just as long as it is needed and that it will always be remembered on both shores of the Pacific as the symbol of two great peoples working toward a common goal in war and peace."
The Chennault Aviation & Military Museum
honors veterans and soldiers from WWI through Iraqi Freedom. Through expansive collections of artifacts and compelling stories of the men and women who have served our country, the visitor receives a captivating insight into why we honor our history and our heroes.
The museum is housed in the last remaining classrooms of the Selman Field Navigation School, the largest navigation school in the U.S. during WWII. The Museum honors the story of General Claire Chennault and the Flying Tigers during WWII and how one man helped change the war in China. The bilingual “Way of a Fighter” exhibit is based on General Chennault’s book written in 1949. The museum also tells the story of how a small crop-dusting business evolved into the second largest airline in the world, Delta Airlines.
Opening its doors in 2000 with 3000 square feet, its expanded galleries have grown to 10,000 square feet providing over 11,000 artifacts and several veteran outreach programs. The aircraft restoration park will soon offer visitors a modern-day out-door facility with paved walk ways, covered pavilions, and restored military aircraft.
- The Museum offers bi-monthly PTSD clinics for combat veterans.
- Home of the General Chennault Chapter 51 of the Disabled American Veterans Association which includes van service to Jackson, Mississippi. The local DAV chapter has secured over $2 million annually in benefits for local veterans.
- Partnered with the Library of Congress in their veteran’s Oral History Programs.
- Chennault Museum is a regional judging place for the Nation History Day competition
- Chennault Museum sponsors the Freedom Spirit Art Competition for local art students
- STEM lesson plans offered online
- Offers field trips in the museum and aircraft restoration tours
- An extensive research library
- College internship opportunities
- STEAM based scavenger hunts
- Founders of the International WWII Museum Association
- Partnered with the Victory Museum in Moscow, Russia on a D-Day exhibit
- The museum is in cooperation of a Chennault exhibit for the Imperial War Museum in Great Britian
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The legacy of Gen. Claire L. Chennault and his Flying Tigers fighter group is a bond between the people of China and the United States, forged during some of the darkest hours the world has ever known. Read About It