The Coastal Bend's history, complete with a strong Naval, and Army Aviation heritage, is one of the many reasons the Third Coast Squadron and the Commemorative Air Force have established a new Hangar and Museum at the McCampbell-Porter Airport in Aransas Pass. In addition, there are thousands of veterans who served in other branches of the service from the South Texas area that have been overlooked, and forgotten for the sacrifices they gave. Third Coast Squadron and its museum will not allow that to happen!
We continue to look toward the future as we remember the past. We are striving for goals that include WWII, Korean, and Vietnam-era airplanes on the local flight line. We have an exciting, growth oriented museum dedicated to collecting and preserving artifacts and oral histories from our veterans. By doing this, their memories and sacrifice can and will be shared with others, "Lest we Forget". One of our annual goals is to have an airborne and static display of aircraft and military vehicles that allows the local community to touch the metal, listen to the growl of powerful piston-engine aircraft, the roar of a jet turbine and experience history as never before.
The Maxine Flournoy Third Coast Squadron, as a unit of the CAF, is following in the footsteps of those individuals who have established museums and educational facilities in their towns around the country. Because the Coastal Bend has a long tradition of military history dating back to World War II, it is only fitting that our facility be put to use that will preserve these memories.