It’s been several decades since Army veteran, Jim Good opened up the Good Warbirds WWII Museum at the Casper-Natrona County International Airport. Since then, it’s been the tour stop for the EAA sponsored Tri-Motor tour, Young Eagles, Collings Foundation of Stow Massachusetts (preserving aviation history), the Commemorative Air Force as well as a place where Casper school kids, and senior communities have enjoyed historic tours for decades.
In 2016, Jim Good was named into the Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame for his dedication to both aviation and the general community at large. “Good’s passion for bringing aviation to the public was evident in his ongoing efforts to organize fly-ins of vintage aircraft. He was a major organizer of the 1989 Flying Cowboy Air Show & Air Races in Casper.” – Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame
It’s been several years since this interview occurred and the future of the museum is still unknown. The nationally recognized Veterans Support Foundation, Victory for Veterans has brought new hope for Casper residents, veterans and aviation enthusiast alike to preserve and protect one of Wyoming’s oldest museums.
“The opportunity will provide additional support the local Veterans in Casper, WY and the surrounding cities is huge when it comes to providing additional jobs and reducing the number of suicides on a National Basis. The memorabilia of the WWII generation that is slowly fading away and the items amassed at this museum can become a great icon and focal point for the Casper, WY area with more items through tax donations being provided. The veteran events that this museum can host will bring veteran awareness to the forefront of the Casper community. We’re excited to partner with AAERO to preserve this great collection that has been taken care and presented to all of the community members for so many years in the Casper, WY community. We want to help it become a national icon for families, veterans, and generations to enjoy,” added Retried Colonel, and Chairman of the Board for Victory for Veterans, Mikel J. Burroughs.
“We’ve got big plans for the greater Casper community and our veterans. We’re excited that Victory for Veterans is interested in parting with AAERO to provide much-needed support. With their help, we can make the Good Warbirds WWII museum a terrific resource for the public while supporting our veterans and preserving general aviation,” said AAERO CEO, Sean Hakes.
The future of one of Casper’s oldest museum lies in the hands of the Casper-Natrona County Airport Board.
“Keep in mind, paragraph 10.11 of the lease allows termination by the Airport for “a sale or other transfer of stock in Lessee’s corporation which divests the present stockholders of controlling interest without the written approval of the Lessor, such approval not to be unreasonably withheld,” he added, “If AAERO is acquired by Victory for Veterans Foundation, and you (or whoever owns AAERO) lose controlling interest, then you will need to seek approval from the Board before acquisition.” wrote Glenn Januska, Airport Director of Casper-Natrona County International Airport.
“The Board of Directors have a lot of power right now,” added Hakes. “They are able to dictate whether or not a merger happens between AAERO and Victory for Veterans Foundation, as well as have the ability to terminate or, not renew our lease which will ultimately kill decades of work, and eliminating this tremendous veterans outreach opportunity for Casper.”
The Board of Directors includes District 35, Wyoming House of Representative Joe MacGuire, Tim Monroe, Eric Nelson, Fred DeVore and Kermit Wille, according to iflycasper.com.
On Feb, 21st 2018 the Board of Directors will vote on whether or not they will extend the current month-to-month lease of the Good Warbirds hanger for 5 more years. Depending on the outcome of that vote, another vote will need to happen at the March 21 meeting to determine whether or not the Board of Directors will approve Victory for Veterans, a 501(c)3 corporation to assume and drive museum operations & activities.