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Experience the Story of Aviation and Spaceflight at the Frontiers of Flight Museum

By Terence Rogers

Experience the Story of Aviation and Spaceflight at the Frontiers of Flight Museum

The public's enthusiasm for aviation, space flight, the technology behind it, and the increasing population of spectators prompted the leadership of the Frontiers of Flight Museum to embark on a ginormous plan to build the museum that stands today.

The dramatically designed 100,000 square foot facility of the Frontiers of Flight Museum that is strategically located at the southeastern corner of the Dallas Love Field Airport on Lemmon Avenue today, which opened in June 2004, is home to more than a dozen themed exhibits, more than 30 aircraft and space vehicles, dedicated conference rooms as well as classrooms, a 200-seat auditorium, and a discovery area designed solely for children.

The northern structure highlights both the original foundation as well as the framework of the celebrated Mustang Aviation hangar, an aircraft service operator that was established in the 1940s. The six-acre plot of the museum provides easy access to Love Field's runwaysx and a secure and well-lighted parking area that can accommodate more than 370 cars.

Frontiers of Flight Museum

The Story Behind the Name

Noted aviation historian and publisher of Flight magazine George Haddaway donated his vast collection of artifacts and archival materials, which was referred to as the "History of Aviation Collection," to the University of Texas in 1963. In the late 1970s, the collection was moved to the University of Texas at Dallas. Because of space limitations and desire to have some of the collection's artifacts available to the general public, the University of Texas-Dallas and Mr. Haddaway went into a definitive agreement with a group of Dallas leaders to have some part of the collection displayed at an off-campus area in 1988.

Spearheading the organization team, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Dallas entrepreneur and former Naval Aviator Jan Collmer, and World War II veteran and Dallas businessman William E. Cooper formed and founded the Frontiers of Flight Museum in 1988 as a non-profit organization. The museum opened to the public in 1990 in a 5,500 square foot facility that was locate on the second level of the Love Field Terminal Building, which was originally the Luau Room Polynesian restaurant.

A Glimpse into Aviation and Aviation Technology in the Years to Come

Unmanned Aircraft

Among the most pressing issues for the aviation industry in the next few years will be integrating unmanned aircraft into the international and national airspace systems. With unmanned aircraft gradually becoming more sophisticated yet affordable with advanced applications, operators will have to address airspace utilization and safety regulations.

The One-Pilot Commercial Airliner

A recent proposal to the nation's commercial aviation industry that will definitely be analyzed and explored in the next few years will be allowing commercial airline flights with a single pilot in the cockpit with another safety pilot on the ground, whose main role is to exercise remote control when the necessity arises. With its complex implications, surely the proposal by an extensive range of stakeholders, from the regulators to the public.

The Next-Generation Air Traffic Control System

The immediate future will likewise see a necessity implementation the Next Generation Air Traffic Control System planned by the Federal Aviation Administration. Using state-of-the-art, satellite-based global positioning system technology, this new system will enable aircraft to fly point-to-point from their departure areas directly to their destinations, a viable solution that will address the ever-increasing aviation traffic worldwide.

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