Wedell-Williams Memorial Aviation Museum

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Address(1)394 Airport Circle

Exhibits - By Primary role
Trainer - NAVY 'T' 1948-Present
 North American T-39D (Sabreliner) Serial No: 151339  
 North American T-39D (Sabreliner) Serial No: 151338  


Reviews / Comments by our visitors
 Austin, Texas

Hey Susan Wedell- Contact us at Williams Brothers Model Products. We produce the only model kit of the Wedell Williams Racer. It just went back into production this year. It would be nice to converse with you. Dan
08/09/2010 @ 10:21 [ref: 10395]
 susan wedell
 , California

I know for sure My Uncle and Grandfather "Walter Wedell and Jimmy Wedell" are looking down and are very Happy to see the world did not forget them. They are really flying high and fast in Heaven ! Susan Wedell
04/18/2010 @ 19:46 [ref: 9332]
 Chris Kinnaman
 Edgewood, New Mexico

Re: Sawmill museum - The Williams Sawmill was owned by the "Williams" in Wedell-Williams. His financial backing allowed Jimmy to build and race airplanes in a challenging economic environment. Their joint contribution is memorialized here.
04/18/2010 @ 09:56 [ref: 9330]
 susan wedell
 los angeles, California

Im very happy my Grandfather Wedell History will be preserved for the future. Thank You ! Susan Wedell
11/20/2009 @ 18:08 [ref: 9171]
 Don Bridges
 Paducah, Kentucky

I visited the new combined aviation/sawmill museum in the summer of 2006 and became convinced the two should not have been merged. I remember the old site where the museum was located that was very much in keeping with the local Wedell-Williams history. On my first visit there many years ago, I was cordially met by Mr.Truman Weaver, who was the curator there at the time. Since that time I have tried to visit the museum on every trip to Patterson although many times the place was closed for various reasons. I think it was a grave mistake in moving in with a sawmill museum and taking it off the Patterson Airport property. This museum's planes and aviation air racing artifacts are to valuable to be downplayed and lost to history as so many of the things of aviation have been. The new facility in Kemper Williams Park has recently been closed to public access again as it has been so much in the past. My son recently traveled 500 miles with anticipation of seeing the aircraft in the museum but was turned away. The website made no note of the aviation part of the building being closed to the public and neither did the local road signs. The map on this site page shows the past location of the museum & not the new location.
05/15/2007 @ 18:55 [ref: 5925]
 Michael Weaver
 New Baden, Illinois

Just stopping by once again to say how crucial Louisiana avaition history is to flight. One does not have to travel very far in any direction in the state to find important flight history. it is wonderful that Louisiana perserves its history. What a great palce. Micheal Weaver
11/06/2006 @ 16:30 [ref: 5404]
 Han de Ridder
 , Alabama

I visited this museum in August 1993. It was, at the time, shut down due to damage suffered from hurricane Andrew in 1992. There was only one aircraft on site; it was lying upside down in the grass, blown over by the hurricane. Since my visit I found out which type of A/C it was (MV-1 Starflight), but I was very interested to obtain more information about it, especially what became of it, as it seems vanished from the earth's face now. I've sent e-mails to the Louisiana State Museum 3 or 4 times for information about this aircraft, but I NEVER got an answer, not even an acknowledgement for receiving my mail. I think that's very rude!! Is this the American way of treating overseas visitors? I hope not!
03/14/2006 @ 06:43 [ref: 4883]
 Ed Mingledorff
 Morgan City, Louisiana

04/22/2004 @ 12:01 [ref: 3087]
 Michael Weaver
 Belleville, Illinois

It has been some time since I have been back to Louisiana. As a former Curator of the Museum my comments will be perceived as biased. Having said that, I think the Museum is in the heart of southern aviation history. Louisiana is rich in aviation history, first and formost the history of Jimmy Wedell and Harry Williams. These two gentlemen had a vision not only of speed but as well a vision of airlines that would connect South Louisiana to the rest of the nation. South Louisiana as well gave other men to aviation history. South Louisiana contributed a flight crew member on Dolittle's Tokyo Raiders,a pilot on Richard Byrd's Operation High Jump in the Artic,a pilot who was in the first squadron to relieve General Claire Chenault's Flying Tigers to just mention a few. The answers to these men's idenities (and much more) are in the Wedell-Willams Museum in Patterson,Louisiana. Then there are the men and women who chose to preserve that history and I will unintentionally miss some. Butch Felterman and his brother, M.C. Perry, Bob Brown, L. Cutrea and of course my father, Truman C. (Pappy) Weaver. These men and many more gave their time, effort, money and most importantly their heart to this worthy task. Thanks to all of these men and women who have worked and still work so hard, the aviation history of South Louisiana will be ever present to the following generations. Although the musuem may initially seem small it may be said without contradiction that the men and women who flew from Louisiana reached around the world. World Class Indeed! Michael Weaver
09/01/2002 @ 18:59 [ref: 2435]
 r. m. anderson
 , Louisiana

very interesting. not just war birds. worth the trip.
10/30/2001 @ 22:43 [ref: 1569]


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