The community is invited to a 1940’s USO (United Service Organization) event from 3-8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Pine Bluff Grider Field Airport. Admission is free.
The Pine Bluff Grider Field Aviation Museum Inc. Board of Directors is hosting the event in an original World War II hangar, according to a news release.
There will be live 1940’s entertainment by the Pine Bluff Community Band, performances by the local “Andrews Sisters” (Tanya Simpson, Charlotte Wilson, and Susan Harris) and a 1940’s dance contest. There will also be hot dogs, soft drinks and popcorn at 1940’s prices, according to the release.
“Forties attire is welcome and encouraged, but not required, as you take a step back into the forties era with us,” according to a spokesman.
Displays of WWII Warbirds will also be at the hangar.
“The event is being held to inform the community about our upcoming plans to establish an aviation museum in the only remaining U.S. Army Air Corps WWII barracks at Grider Field,” according to the spokesman. “We are excited to share our progress and future visions about bringing the rich history of aviation to Southeast Arkansas.”
“The barracks housed cadets of the Pine Bluff School of Aviation from 1941-1945, as Grider Field Airport was a primary level 1 pilot training airfield. The Fairchild PT-19 aircraft was the primary trainer during this time, however there were also some PT-17 Stearmans and P-40 Warhawks assigned there as well. Between the barrack walls, holds the legacy of over 10,000 men who trained there. The restorations we have in mind are to serve those legacies by telling their stories and creating a place for people of all ages to come for years and years, according to the spokesman.