Chennault Aviation Museum plans for possible expansions

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“Each of our airplanes has a story to tell–about the war it was in, the people who flew it.”, says Nell Calloway, CEO & President of Chennault Aviation & Military Museum.

Chennault’s fleet of aircraft continues to reach new heights– three planes restored, and seven in all.

But for museum visitors, it’s tough to enjoy the aircraft, since they’re being held in a restoration facility.

However, a prospective $800,000 match grant could soon allow the museum to expand.

The terms of the grant– Chennault has to raise $200,000 in order to receive clearance for it. This would be $1,000,000 in total that would be used to construct a lighted aircraft park complete with a “Missing Man” statue at its center.

It’s a park they say would serve as a “welcome” for northeast Louisiana visitors.

“This is the first thing people see when they come in to Monroe, first impression, and it’s the last impression they have when they leave Monroe.”, says Calloway.
 
Museum leaders also plan to buy nearly three acres of land south of their building to further its expansion– an investment they want to make before developments continue with the city’s Kansas Lane Connector Project.
 
That project could leave them land-locked and could prohibit additional growth.
 
“We are in a big hurry, let’s say, to purchase the land.”, said Calloway.
 
Now Chennault leaders are calling on local officials and community members to support the museum’s efforts.
 
Calloway says, “It’s not just our vision, it’s a vision for the City of Monroe as well.” 
 
A vision they hope will help them share the unique stories behind U.S. Military aircraft for generations to come.
 
 

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