The Perrin Field Historical Society was chartered and registered as a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of Perrin Army Airfield and Perrin Air Force Base located in Grayson County Texas. The purpose is to research, record and preserve the history of Perrin Field during thirty years of operating as an active military installation 1941 through 1971.
Perrin Air Force Base Historical Museum
For all groups, such as public and private schools, home schooled groups, organizations
and/or week-end visitations of a dozen or more, please call
Perrin Air Force Base Historical Museum is located at 436 McCullum Avenue, the first intersection after entering North Texas Regional Airport-Perrin Field from State Highway 691 (west) on to Grayson Drive. Turn left on McCullum Avenue (south). Museum is on the corner of Grayson Drive and McCullum Avenue on your right. No admission fee. However, donations are welcomed.
PERRIN AIR FORCE BASE HISTORICAL MUSEUM MAINTENANCE OPERATING PROGRAMS
All former Perrin Field/Perrin Air Force Base
personnel both Civil Service and Military who served during Perrin’s
30-years of Active Service are invited to help with your monetary and
physical help (volunteers are always needed) to maintain at least two
volunteers per day to provide assistance and historical information to
From all the Perrin memorabilia that was donated from previous Perrin Field reunions, John Elkins decided to create an area to display them. The first location of the Perrin AFB museum was a large room located in the Silver Wing building (the former Airmen’s Service Club) by the generosity of Grayson County College and John’s request. NOTE: The east side of Perrin Field was transferred from the Federal Government to Grayson County College as their “west campus.” A second location was in the lobby of the Airport Terminal Building on the airport side of Perrin Field.
The assignment of a Cessna built T-37 “Tweety-Bird” from Sheppard AFB was made by the Museum of the USAF. It was decided to place the static displayed jet trainer inside the museum. Upon completion of the expansion, all bills for construction were paid in full. This credit goes to the many benefactors who generously gave to continue the perpetuation of Perrin’s legacy. Volunteers repeated their “skills” by building the addition.
Since the “Grand Opening” of our first museum on Valentine’s Day 2004, we have averaged more that 1,500 elementary, secondary and college students on annual field trips through the museum and vital airport activity centers. Various Civic and Church groups are regularly scheduled during evening hours. We average more than 3,500 daily walk-in visitors per year through the museum. We have had many written and verbal compliments that Perrin Air Force Base Museum has the best displays of aviation and military historical memorabilia between Dallas, Texas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
In a 2010 new year’s sudden surprise, we were informed that the new airport master plan had included our leased location. According to our airport lease’s fine print, we would have to relocate. However, the cost of construction the new building and the move of all memorabilia would be paid by the airport and/or other organization(s). The new building design and basic floor plans were drawn up by Museum Director James W. Farris after consultation with the museum directors and the building contractor.
Director and Curator Emeritus John Elkins coordinated with Grayson County College Board of Directors and President for a land lease from within their jurisdictional area. It was approved and a 50-year contract with signed between the Perrin AFB Museum and Grayson County Community College, 61010 Grayson Drive, Denison, Texas on February 23, 2010. The new address is 436 S. McCullum Avenue. The new Museum building is at the same spot where the former Perrin Base Exchange was located.
When entering North Texas Regional Airport-Perrin Field on FM691 you will be on Grayson Drive. Towards the famous checkerboard water tower, at first intersection west of the entrance is McCullum Avenue. Turn left (south) and the new Perrin Air Force Base museum is on your right at the corner of McCullum Avenue and Grayson Drive formerly named Arnold Drive.)
Should you be interested in the perpetuation of Perrin’s legacy, any and all donations by check, bequeaths, stock, bonds, vehicles, aircraft, or other assets may be made out to:
The Perrin Field Historical Society/Perrin Air Force Base Historical Museum is registered by the Texas Secretary of State as well as with the Federal Tax Exemption.
PERRIN AIR FORCE BASE MUSEUM FOUNDERS
The overwhelming success of the Perrin Air Force Base Historical museum can only be attributed to the many volunteers who dedicate at least one day per week of their time manning the museum operations Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Below is the list of our present dedicated volunteers.
Charlie Brown , US Air Force
William Byers, US Air Force
Jerry Day, US Air Force
Mary Day, US Air Force
James Farris, US Air Force
Charlie Giarraputo, US Civil Service
Joan Jordan, US Air Force
B. J. Long, US Air Force
Melvin McDaniel, US Air Force
J. D. Morrow
Barbara Pent, US Air Force
B. H. Price
Rodney Reichelt, US Air Force
Elmer Robinson. US Air Force
H. Craig Summer, US Air Force
Ben Whitehead, US Air Force
Dave Williams, US Air Force
PERRIN AIR FORCE BASE MUSEUM ADVISORY BOARD
The Perrin Air Force Base commemorative coins are
near one ounce and made of .999 silver. Cost of the silver coin is $50.00.
We also have the same coin struck in brass and sell for $20.00. There is a
$5.00 shipping and handling cost added to coins mailed. Proceeds from the
sale of the coins return to the maintenance and operating cost of the
On the Perrin Field TX 1941 (Obverse side) is the bust of Lieutenant Colonel Elmer Daniel Perrin, the name sake of Perrin Air Force Base. Perrin Field opened in 1941. Colonel Perrin was the Army Air Corps flight test acceptance team commander at the Glenn Martin Aircraft Company. He was killed on April 21, 1941, during an acceptance flight in a B-26 Martin Medium Bomber in Maryland. The first aircraft assigned to Perrin Field were Consolidated Vultee Corporation built BT-13 “Vibrators.” Three are flying overhead.
On the (Reverse side) Perrin Air Force Base 1971, is Colonel Vermont Garrison, triple war ACE in combat both in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He was also a double jet ACE in Korea among the other 39 jet ACE’s in the Korean war. The three stars represent Colonel Garrison’s triple ACE air battle records. The three stars also represent Perrin’s three decades of being an active United States Air Force Base Installation. Convair (formerly Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation) built F-102 Delta Daggers are flying overhead. They were the last aircraft assigned to Perrin when it closed in 1971.
The coins are in a protective plastic case. Send a check or money order made out to:
Coins will be mailed the same day that payment is received. They will be sent by insured mail.