Perrin Air Force Base Historical Museum, Denison

Perrin Air Force Base is an inactive United States Air Force base, approximately 7 miles northwest of Sherman, Texas. It was active during World War II as pilot training airfield and during the Cold War as a combat crew and flying training base. It was closed on 30 June 1971.
After seeing the fighters take off from the base, a young Chesley Sullenberger became interested in flying.
Perrin Air Force Base began as an army air field and was the first basic flying training school to become operational after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.
In the spring of 1941, Grayson County leaders began to discuss the possibilities of a U.S. Army Air Corps basic flying school to be built in Grayson County. In March 1941 Grayson County Judge Jake J. Loy went to Washington, DC, to further the project idea. After his visit to Washington, Judge Loy returned to Sherman and began to work on the project with county commissioners, and a tract of land was subsequently selected that was suitable for use as a flying field.
On 16 June 1941, the Office of the Chief of the Air Corps drew up a program for construction. A tentative authorized strength of 199 officers, 422 cadets, 1730 enlisted men, and funds in the amount of $3,966,833.00 were ordered and set aside for the construction of the airfield. The lease was signed by the United States Government and Grayson County on 1 July 1941 and the Army Corps of Engineers started construction on the newly established Grayson Basic Flying School the same week.
On 9 August 1941, Major Robert J. Warren was the first person to report to duty at the partially constructed airfield, assuming duties as project officer and temporary commanding officer. Ten days later, five enlisted men arrived from San Angelo, TX, to assist Major Warren in the development of the airstrip, hangars, barracks, and field headquarters building.
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  • There is so much to see in this little museum near Dallas. The staff is great and are ready with a knowledgeable walk through tour of the Museum. At one time Perrin was an important base for...  more »
  • Giving this museum five stars because you can tell how much devotion and care has been put into it. Compared to other history museums, this one is not flashy, big or fancy, but’s amazingly.....  more »
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  • Very nice experience. Our guide, Mr Rice was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I'm sure we'll be returning very soon.

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