The National Museum of World War II Aviation has received $40,000 in grants from the El Pomar Foundation and the Anna Keesling Ackerman Fund, which El Pomar Foundation oversees, for museum planning and design.
The museum is planned to be built on 20 acres adjacent to a main runway at the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport and Peterson Air Force Base.
Museum representatives said Colorado Springs was chosen because of the community’s strong support for its military heritage, significant population of active duty and retired military personnel and proximity to the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Completion of the planning phase will allow museum planners to mount a capital fundraising campaign to underwrite the costs of the building and exhibitions, presently estimated to be $12 million to $15 million.
“We consider the financial support of El Pomar Foundation critical in setting the stage for
fundraising activities, and we appreciate their confidence in our plans for the National Museum of
World War II Aviation,” said Bill Klaers, co-chairman of the museum’s board of directors.
For more information about the museum, visit www.worldwarIIaviation.org.