Jim Hodgson is from Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois as an Industrial Engineer in 1971. He was a Naval Aviator with the Marine Corps from 1971 to 1978 and earned a Master's in Management and Human Relations in 1976. He is a retired Continental Airlines Captain with over 28,000 flight hours.
In 1997, he helped found the OV-10 Bronco Association that operates the Fort Worth Aviation Museum. The museum maintains a collection of 27 warbirds used to inspire and educate people of all ages.
Jim is Chairman and Executive Director of the Assoction. He is also Chairman of the Tarrant County Historical Commision and helped found the Texas WWI Centennial Commemoration group. He lives in Grapevine, Texas with his wife Donna of 43 years.
In 2016, he was recogniced by the Tarrant County Historical Commission for the museum's aviation preservation programs and in 2017 received the Daughters of the American Revolution's Distinguished Citizen /Award.
Jim's topic wiil be why have past efforts to build a regional aviation museum failed and what's next.
Since at least the 1970s, efforts have been made to create and build a regional aviation museum to showcase the people of North Texas and their aviation and aerospace achievements since WWI. Those accomplish have had a significant impact on the economy and culture of our regions and have placed Fort Worth among the leaders in worldwide aviation and aerospace growth and development. Yet there is no place to properly exhibit these stories or provide a venue to inspire and educate our community. This presentation will review past attempts and introduce new efforts to develop a world class aviation history and science center to North Texas.
LOCATION: UNIVERSITY OF
NORTH TEXAS HEALTH
3500 CAMP BOWIE BLVD
FORT WORTH, TEXAS
IF LOST CALL 817-905-1889
From I-30W go North on Montgomery Street to Camp Bowie Blvd. Turn Right onto Camp Bowie, proceed one block and turn left onto Clifton Street then immediately turn left into the University's Parking Lot. Drive to the end of the lot and turn left. Go to the south end of the building and park.
Enter building's second floor through the glass doors and walk around the room to the elevators. Take an elevator down to the first floor and a docent will greet you and lead you to the meeting hall.
THIS IS WHAT THE A-12 MODEL LOOKED LIKE BEFORE IT WAS MOVED TO MEACHAM AIRPORT, FORT WORTH