“Places in Peru, IN”
The Grissom Air Museum, near Peru, Indiana and named for astronaut Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, was founded in 1981 by seven prior service military personnel who lived in the area including John Crume, our first Chairman. The Heritage Museum Foundation (HMF) wanted to preserve aircraft that were currently located at Grissom Air Reserve Base, formerly Grissom Air Force Base. The HMF started the Grissom Air Museum in 1982 outside of what then was the main gate of Grissom Air Reserve Base.The museum currently has 28 aircraft: 27 on display, and one awaiting its display area. It is also the home of the 319th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1955-63), 305th Bomb Wing (1959-94), and the 434th Air Refueling Wing (1970-Present).HistoryThe Grissom Air Reserve Base, was the Grissom Air Force Base before it was changed from an active service facility. Prior to May 12, 1968, it was known as the Bunker Hill Air Force Base. Bunker Hill was renamed Grissom AFB in honor of Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, an Indiana native and the second American astronaut to fly in space, who perished in the Apollo 1 launch pad fire of January 27, 1967. The indoor museum was completed in 1991. The original aircraft were moved from the base to a public access site in 1987. From 1995-2009, the Museum was a State Historic Site under Indiana's Department of Natural Resources. Current funding is obtained through donations, membership, gift shop sales, and admissions. The State of Indiana awarded the museum funds for capital projects which include aircraft maintenance, air park maintenance, alert tower maintenance, and a Veterans Memorial Walkway.
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