What: The Major Charles B. Hall Memorial Air Park
Where: I-40 and Air Depot Boulevard in Midwest City
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Worth it? Absolutely.
Growing up the in Air Force taught my daughter to LOVE airplanes. She remembers learning them by sight and sound, counting engines and watching them fly low overhead. Even at twenty, she was the one to drag me here excited and childlike, to the Major Charles B. Hall Memorial Air Park just outside of Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Oklahoma.
Open during daylight hours and free, this airplane park is a win-win for family fun and spontaneity when you need to do “something” or just need to get out.
I enjoy seeing the planes up close. There are so many details you don’t see when they’re soaring over your heads. You can get up close, count the panels and screws, and see how they’re pieced together.
Little ones will love being close enough to touch and here, they can. Completely enclosed with tall metal fencing and with paved paths and grassy spaces, it’s great for strollers, wheelchairs, and kids who need to run.
Learn a bit of history here through ten planes on loan from the National Museum of the US Air Force, each with plaques to teach you the purpose and history of each one. An easy walk, most visitors will need 20-45 minutes to see the park.
Love airplanes? Head east on 29th just a couple more blocks and enjoy one more plane at the playground behind the Oklahoma Tourist Info Center, then head west to Sooner Road, and see the new AWACS model display just outside Tinker’s Arnold Gate.
This memorial park honors Major Charles B. Hall who was the first African-American pilot to down an enemy aircraft in combat and the first African-American to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross. He served in WW2 as a Tuskegee Airman flying with the 99th Pursuit Squadron, part of the 332nd Fighter Group. Major Hall flew 198 combat missions over Africa, Italy, and other parts of Europe. After the war, Major Hall moved to Oklahoma and worked at Tinker Air Force Base from 1949-1967.