Silent Wings Museum
In celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week (May 3-11), the Visit Lubbock Team surveyed thousands of past visitors to Lubbock asking them to share their favorite places to visit, eat and see. Based on those responses, we determined the top nine locations that past visitors feel every local and future visitor to Lubbock should experience. Today’s pick happens to house one of the only fully restored World War II glider planes in existence.
Visitors to Lubbock love stopping by the Silent Wings Museum during their stay. The Silent Wings Museum tells the story of the U.S. Military Glider Program and its role in World War II. The majority of American glider pilots received their wings at South Plains Army Airfield (SPAAF) – now the site of the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport. The museum also features three exhibit galleries, a multimedia theater, a C-47 airplane, research library and museum store.
This museum has a lengthy history. In 1971, former pilots of the U.S. Army Air Force’s Glider Program banded together to form the National World War II Glider Pilots Association Inc. Their mission was to establish a forum for glider pilots to interact socially and provide the framework for the preservation of the history of the U.S. glider program. The first Silent Wings Museum opened to the public on November 10, 1984 in Terrell, Texas. By 1997, the pilots realized that a more permanent museum home was needed. Lubbock, where a majority of the glider pilots had trained, offered to provide a new site for the museum. The pilots selected Lubbock as the new location and the Terrell site closed in January 2001. In October 2002, the former South Plains Army Airfield site opened the new Silent Wings Museum with the restored CG-4A glider as a centerpiece of the exhibits.
If you haven’t been out to the Silent Wings Museum, it’s a sight to behold.
Today’s winner of the “Hub City Hotspot” Prize Pack is Rick Reed. Be sure to check Visit Lubbock’s Facebook page tomorrow morning to guess the next “Hub City Hotspot” according to previous visitors to Lubbock.
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