Air Museum add "Black Sheep" to stable

Fans of the "Baa Baa Black Sheep" television series from the 1970s have a new reason to visit the Kingman Army Airfield Museum at 4540 Flightline Drive at the Kingman Airport.

A half-scale World War II Corsair fighter made popular by Pappy Boyington's Black Sheep Squadron is now on display.

The blue Corsair bears the Marine logo and the VMF 214 Squadron designation of the famous group.

The History Channel has taken the original television series and lengthened the programs from 30 to 60 minutes by adding interviews of members of the unit.

They bring real-life experiences to the screen that differ from the dramatics of the television series.

Norm Berge, president of the historical society and museum, said the museum traded a different aircraft that had no connection to the war for the Corsair to keep displays within the museum theme.

Historical architect Bill Otwell and Associates have completed evaluation of the World War II hangar that houses the KAAF museum for a restoration project.

A $7,500 grant from the city of Kingman Economic Development and Tourism Commission paid for the evaluation of Hangar E, which will allow museum officials to seek restoration grants.

Bob Feagins, a member of the museum society board, told the commission that the museum is being built within the hangar as volunteers restore space.

"The roof needs major repair and other work on the building beyond the scope of volunteers is needed," Feagins said.

"We are attracting visitors and being written up in newsletters around the world."

Most foundations and government sources require an evaluation by a historical architect before grant applications are accepted.

Otwell's evaluation would include condition of the building, work that needs to be done and an estimated cost.

The hangar attracts a lot of interest with its curved laminated roof beams and double round top.

Visitors to the museum are often members of the families of servicemen who were at the Kingman Army Airfield during the war.

Berge said the artifacts and information at the museum increases because of such visits by service veterans and their families.

The museum group was the original sponsor of the Kingman Army Airfield reunions.