Celebrating Cooperation Between the United States and Great Britain

During World War II thousands of British cadets learned to fly at six civilian training schools across the southern United States. The first and largest of the schools was in Terrell, Texas. More than 2,200 Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Corps cadets earned their wings over North Texas between 1941 and 1945.

The museum celebrates this little-known chapter of World War II history with an archive that contains the most extensive record of the No. 1 British Flying Training Schools in existence.

The collection includes hundreds of historical items: log books, training materials, WWII memorabilia, uniforms, and much more. Perhaps more importantly, the museum explores many fascinating “personal stories” behind the artifacts. These stories will give you insight into the cadets’ backgrounds, their training, and the lives they led after leaving Terrell.



  • To celebrate the spirit and sacrifices made by those men both British and American who trained to be pilots at the Number 1 British Flying Training School (1BFTS);
  • To educate all ages of all nationalities as to the history and importance of the cooperation between the British Commonwealth and American Government in both war and peace;
  • To honor the strong bonds of friendship formed between the cadets and the community of Terrell and the North Texas area.



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