WASHINGTON–U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) introduced a Senate resolution recognizing the Aviation Cadet Museum in Eureka Springs as the National Aviation Cadet Museum of the United States.
From 1917 to 1965, the flying cadet and succeeding aviation cadet programs served as the primary production source for nearly 500,000 joint service pilots, navigators and bombardiers. The bravery, courage, dedication and heroism of these aviators and their supporting ground crews during World War I and World War II were critical factors in defeating our nation’s enemies.
“Honoring the extraordinary service and sacrifice of our nation’s aviation cadets demonstrates our heartfelt appreciation for these heroes and their enduring commitment to the cause of freedom,” Boozman said. “I’m proud to support the efforts to preserve this chapter in America’s history.”
“Our nation’s aviation cadets fought bravely in our nation’s defense, and we should honor their service,” said Cotton. "This resolution will help ensure their legacy is long remembered.”
Founded in 1994 by former aviation cadet and Air Force First Lieutenant Errol Severe, the museum preserves and promotes an understanding of the aviators who built the air arm of this nation. It honors the teamwork, collaboration, patriotism and courage of those men as well as those individuals on the home front who mobilized and supported the national aviation effort in the 20th century.