New W.F. Airport Terminal Will Include Aviation Museum

Construction on the new terminal at Wichita Falls Municipal Airport is moving right along. Crews have not finished with the parking lot yet but they're already preparing to start the new terminal building.

Airport officials expect the parking lot to be finished by the end of the year. But within the next week crews will begin construction on the new terminal building. And airport officials say it's expected to be spectacular.

What is now mounds of dirt will soon become the new terminal building at Wichita Falls Regional Airport, a name change approved by city councilors in April.

"Our current building is about 17,000 square feet.  The new building will be just over 50,000 square feet.  We've incorporated a USO into the building.  We'll have a meditation room.  We will have space for an additional airline so we can have two airlines," says LeAnn Moran, director of airports in Wichita Falls.

Airport officials made plans to include an aviation museum inside the terminal building but say that was dependent on funds.

"The museum was coming up with the funding for the addition to the airport. So they've been working on that for a while now.  They have come up with the funding," Moran says.

That funding will now allow the Curtiss Jenny, which is on display at the World War I Call Field Living Museum at Kickapoo Airport, as well as a T-38 Talon jet trainer, to educate passengers on the city's rich aviation and military history.

"The new museum display will be called Jenny to Jet and it's going to give the history of Wichita Falls and the aviation that started back in the 1900's.. about 1918 is when they built Call Field... all the way up through Sheppard Air Force Base and the current flying that they do here," explains Moran.

And, this will all soon become reality as crews move full steam ahead with construction. Again, airport officials say construction on the terminal building will start within the next week.

They also say 80% of the overall $32 million dollar project is being funded by the FAA. All construction is expected to be complete around November 2014, which is just in time for the holiday season.

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