American Airpower Heritage Museum, Inc.

A nonprofit organization

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$16,000 Goal

The Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center (NAEC) is the flagship of the American Airpower Heritage Museum (AAHM), an affiliate of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). The AAHM and CAF are two of four organizations that comprise the American Airpower Heritage Group; the CAF is often used as shorthand.

With more than 175 aircraft spread amongst 80 units in 28 U.S. states and four countries, the CAF owns and operates one of the world's largest collection of flying vintage military aircraft. Our combined educational outreach impacts millions of Americans annually through school presentations, airshows, flight demonstrations, living history reenactments, community events, and other activities. 

The CAF’s mission is to Educate, Inspire, and Honor through flight and living history experiences, which the NAEC complements with its parallel mission to Honor the Past, Empower the Future. 

Honor the Past, Empower the Future

Opened in November 2021, the NAEC is a 47,000-square-foot facility home to the Charles McGee and Don Hinz Theater, the Arsenal of Democracy Hall, the world’s largest collection of authentic aviation Nose Art from World War II, and more historical artifacts. There is also a wood and metal workshop, a state-of-the-art meeting space, and classroom space in the James C. Ray Education Wing.

As part of our mission, we create and deliver much-needed, hands-on educational opportunities for students of all ages to succeed in a competitive global environment. The focus is to provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education programs emphasizing critical 21st-century skill sets, so students can become the next generation of innovators, aviators, entrepreneurs, and community leaders.


Honor the Past, Empower the Future.


For NTX Giving Day 2023, our goal is to raise $16,000 to support our educational programming. Thanks to the generosity of our Board of Directors, every dollar given will be matched up to $8,000.

We are also looking for dedicated educators, volunteers, and docents to join our ranks and help support our mission. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in World War II, military history, aviation, STEM, or social studies. For more information, please call (214) 330-1700, ext. 138, or visit

Equity Statement

We reject all forms of discrimination and stand firm against biases rooted in race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, health conditions, political affiliation, and any other protected classification as defined by law. Our commitment extends across every facet of our activities and operations.

Recognizing the diverse needs of our community, we ensure our services are responsive to all individuals, valuing their racial/ethnic backgrounds and cultural differences. With a focus on respect, we design and implement programs to create equal opportunities for everyone. Our commitment to inclusivity resonates through every interaction, ensuring that diversity is not only valued but celebrated.

Organization Data


Organization name

American Airpower Heritage Museum, Inc.

other names

Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center (NAEC)

Tax id (EIN)




Education - K-12, Education - STEM, Arts, Culture & Humanities

Operating Budget

$1,000,000 - $2,999,999

Counties Served

Johnson, Tarrant, Rockwall, Kaufman, Ellis, Denton, Dallas, Collin

BIPOC Serving

Other, Hispanic or Latinx, Black or African American

BIPOC Leadership


Equity Statement

Equity Statement


P.O. Box 764769
Dallas, TX 75376



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