With the help of a couple "Lee Bottom Devotees", we have created the
necessary paperwork to form a museum with 501(c)3 status based at
Lee Bottom Flying Field.
The focus of the museum will be the airports that served aviation
from the 1940’s era and before as well as the aircraft that
frequented them. What we realized is that everyone is trying to save
aircraft but no one is trying to save the antique airports. We want
to ensure at least one of these airports is kept alive – much like
keeping a wildlife preserve or refuge as pristine as possible to
support the great birds that inhabit the area, we will exist for a
different type of bird.
So now, if you can, imagine a fully operational 1930's airport . . .
several old style hangars with signs such as “RYAN”, “STINSON”,
“PIPER”, “CURTISS,” etc above the door complimented by an old airway
beacon, a Model T fuel truck, pilots in white jump suits talking
about their airplanes, and the possibility of an old gas station, an
old general store, a small set of grandstands, and an old ferris
wheel . . . then you can get the picture of the living aviation
museum that we are trying to create.
A special thanks to David Lord for creating the artist rendition
paintings of this museum.