The doors are now open to the public. The
official opening ceremony was held on October 19, 2002 at the Lubbock
International Airport in conjunction with the 2002 annual reunion of our
association. Located north of the intersection of Regis Street and
Interstate 27, the Silent Wings Museum is housed in one of the
original airport terminal buildings of the Lubbock International Airport,
formerly South Plains Army Airfield.
This museum houses a collection of
over 9,000 items, not including photographs and documents. After World War
II, glider pilots sought to preserve their legacy and began a project to
restore one of the types of gliders that they had flown, the
In 1984, our association established a museum in Terrell, Texas, operated by
an affiliated non-profit group, The Military Glider Pilots Association.
It became apparent by this sister organization that a long-term solution
was needed to preserve this collection and the history of the glider pilot
In September 2000, after many
years of searching for a permanent home, The Military Glider Pilots
Association transferred the ownership of the museum to the City of
Lubbock. An organization formed under the City of Lubbock Director of
Aviation, has assumed the responsibility of creating the
new museum in the old airport terminal building.
After two years of relocating the artifacts and the CG4A to the newly
renovated building, the doors opened to the public on schedule. Extensive
remodeling and construction has transformed the old terminal building into a
40,000 square foot museum featuring three display galleries, a theater, a
library and archive, a gift shop and office space. Plans are already on the
drawing board to expand the display area to permit the addition of the
British Horsa glider that was flown by several American glider pilots into
Normandy on D-Day.
Within the museum, photographs, time-lines and interactive exhibits are provided to
allow the visitors to follow through the development of combat gliders, the
training program at South Plains Army Airfield and the role of gliders and their pilots in numerous military campaigns during World War