Lakes Trail Region

The story of Terrell’s significant WWII history unfolds at the No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum. Special exhibits honor the Women Airforce Service Pilots based at Love Field, as well as the training school where British Royal Air Force (RAF) training took place. German bombing, combined with bad weather, posed pilot training problems at home for the RAF. As a result, the task largely fell to six U.S. civilian training schools. The first and largest opened in Terrell three months before Pearl Harbor. More than 2,000 RAF pilots, plus 200 American pilots, eventually trained here. Displays also feature a “Link Trainer” flight simulator, a scale model of the school and an RAF uniform. Local citizens welcomed the British and forged lifelong bonds. Thirty-five trainees married American women and returned to live in the U.S., many in Texas.