About the American Air Museum in Britain

The American Air Museum in Britain charity honors the sacrifices of American men and women who have served in Britain since the First World War. It sustains the operation of the American Air Museum and showcases its mission within the United States.

The charitable work of the American Air Museum in Britain supports the maintenance, preservation and operation of the facilities, collections, and programs of the American Air Museum, the museum at IWM Duxford and our archive

The American Air Museum in Britain is a registered 501(c)(3) charity – a tax-exempt non-profit organization in the United States, EIN 52-1326048.

History

Originally established as the United States Army Air Forces Collection in the UK in 1981 and in the US in 1986, with the support of Major General James McInerney, the American Air Museum in Britain charity was formally launched in 1989 by Senator John Tower to support the creation of the American Air Museum at IWM Duxford.

Distinguished supporters were enlisted to champion the charity's mission including US Presidents Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush and Bill Clinton, Hollywood actor Jimmy Stewart and notable military figures.  Former commander of the Eighth Air Force, General James Doolittle played a leading role in instigating the American Air Museum in Britain’s membership scheme which secured some 46,000 founding members by the time the time the museum opened on 1 August 1997.

Since 1997, the American Air Museum in Britain has secured the foundation for many of the American Air Museum’s activities which provide insight into Britain and America’s experiences of war.

 

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